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

There is some complementary overlap here with Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky’s work on fast and slow systems of thinking. The Economist, "The L wordWho is a Democrat?," 12 July 2018 Begoun calls foul on this line of thinking, telling me that scrubbing to make ingredients penetrate better is like stabbing yourself only to stick medicine in the wound. Ashley Weatherford, The Cut, "Are You Exfoliating Your Face Wrong?," 11 July 2018 The reaction to Johansson’s casting, and her response to it, represents in miniature the problems with that line of thinking. Karen Han, Vox, "Scarlett Johansson will play a transgender man, citing Jeffrey Tambor to defend the choice," 5 July 2018 But new parents who turn to search engines to understand the practice will find an aberrant—and dangerous—strain of thinking. Renee Diresta, WIRED, "The Complexity of Simply Searching for Medical Advice," 3 July 2018 This kind of thinking is why so many people try to avoid arguments, especially about politics and religion. Walter Sinnott-armstrong, Time, "How to Win Every Argument," 2 July 2018 That kind of thinking will only come back and bite you later. refinery29.com, "Your Horoscope This Week," 1 July 2018 This line of thinking is problematic and unfair in any arena, the gym included. Casey Johnston, SELF, "Ask a Swole Woman: Should I Include Gym Machines in My Workout?," 29 June 2018 This landscape has become a way of thinking about what’s going on with me day to day. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "The Inward Empire," 27 June 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

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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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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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