thinking

noun
think·​ing | \ˈthiŋ-kiŋ \

Definition of thinking 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the action of using one's mind to produce thoughts

2a : opinion, judgment I'd like to know your thinking on this

b : thought that is characteristic (as of a period, group, or person) the current student thinking on fraternities

thinking

adjective

Definition of thinking (Entry 2 of 2)

: marked by use of the intellect : rational thinking citizens

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Other Words from thinking

Adjective

thinkingly adverb
thinkingness noun

Examples of thinking in a Sentence

Noun

Form your own opinions: don't let others do your thinking for you! I've been doing some thinking about this, and I don't think you're right after all. The school's curriculum encourages independent thinking. A piece of quick thinking got us out of trouble. I'd like to know your thinking on this. What is the current thinking on the subject?

Adjective

Chess is a thinking man's game. it's surprising to find thinking people who believe such nonsense
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Most of us aren’t used to thinking of documentaries as anything more than didactic tools, but there’s always been one big exception: concert films. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "It took 46 years for Aretha Franklin’s concert doc to come out. The wait was worth it.," 15 Nov. 2018 Anyone thinking of upgrading to a Series 4 should check their carrier's compatibility details before buying the new Watch. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Apple Watch Series 4 review: A bigger, better watchOS experience," 26 Sep. 2018 That’s the thinking behind the latest extra-narrow home in Japan. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Spacious Tokyo home rises on narrow site," 30 July 2018 Sir John identifies many more parallels between Catalonia and Scotland than might be expected by readers accustomed to thinking of European history in terms of discrete nation states. The Economist, "The siren call of separatism," 12 July 2018 Anyone thinking of going caving should take the necessary precautions, White said, including attending training sessions, bringing the proper clothing and equipment, and researching the cave’s climate and environment ahead of time. Jaclyn Reiss, BostonGlobe.com, "How did 12 boys and their coach survive in a Thai cave for more than a week? Experts weigh in," 2 July 2018 Signs of someone thinking of suicide Dr. Munther Barakat, psychologist at Aurora Psychiatric Hospital, said suicide is the second leading cause of death for adolescents and young adults in the United States. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Stigma of suicide: Mom of teen found by former Wauwatosa alderman speaks out," 27 June 2018 In hindsight that kind of thinking made me a lot freer. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "The Parents of Riverdale Were All Really Famous Teens—And Yes, They Have Stories," 7 Nov. 2018 There is no relationship with Uber drivers, so thinking of them as faceless workers is easier. Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "Why some people don’t tip their Uber drivers," 8 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The quick-thinking team administrator came up with a solution – flag down a tour bus. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "San Diego Padres forced to take San Francisco tour bus to game," 25 June 2018 These are the most vulnerable parts [of the brain] and can be easily damaged, so your libido can run a bit more wild when it’s not being curtailed by the higher thinking part of the brain. Kate Morgan, The Cut, "A Head Injury Really Could Alter Your Self-Perception," 20 Apr. 2018 Sometimes surgeries require more thinking beforehand. Erin Blakemore, Washington Post, "Why do some doctors refuse to give women IUDs?," 15 Oct. 2017 These moments suggest a thinking failure of his own: a failure to examine the inapt moral equivalences and disguised elitism inherent in his brand of provocation. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: Michael Moore, Bragging on Broadway, in ‘The Terms of My Surrender’," 10 Aug. 2017 Which is why the response by any thinking Republican, or one even with a modicum of decency, was complete silence. Stephen A. Nuño, NBC News, "Opinion: Trump Wrecks Our Environment and Latinos Will Be Cleaning Up the Mess," 2 June 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'thinking.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of thinking

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1674, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of thinking was in the 14th century

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thinking

noun

English Language Learners Definition of thinking

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the action of using your mind to produce ideas, decisions, memories, etc. : the activity of thinking about something

: opinion or judgment

: a way of thinking that is characteristic of a particular group, time period, etc.

thinking

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of thinking (Entry 2 of 2)

: able to think intelligently about complicated things

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