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

Despite this thinking, on July 3, following public comment by nine people in favor of the historic district, Councilman Andre Spivey made a motion to push back the vote. Allie Gross, Detroit Free Press, "How new Detroit historic district impacts the Ilitch family," 10 July 2018 For others, the season can cause a surge in body insecurities and disordered eating and thinking, which have the potential to feed depressive episodes. Beth Mccoll, SELF, "A Shout Out to Anyone Who Deals With Depression in the Summer," 6 July 2018 His impressive World Cup performances for Colombia may have changed Ernesto Valverde's thinking, but Barcelona can only name a certain number of non-EU players in their squad and Mina may not make the cut. SI.com, "Yerry Mina's Agent Offers Update on Colombian's Future Amid Fenerbahce Bid Rumours," 6 July 2018 STEMpede Sunday: Rattle Drums The Library’s drop-in STEM program provides a chance to explore diverse activities in spontaneous construction, design thinking, and tinkering. 2 p.m. Sun., July 8. SFChronicle.com, "Kids listings," 28 June 2018 Hayes’s talkative poems are, in fact, a form of thinking, fuelled by opposing impulses and contradictory ideas. Dan Chiasson, The New Yorker, "The Politics and Play of Terrance Hayes," 24 June 2018 That’s a really interesting narrative and experience that informed me, inspired me and has given me so many different skills and ways of thinking. Jessi Virtusio, Daily Southtown, "Zeshan B and Transistors bringing blend of 'Brown Skinned Soul' to Beverly Arts Center," 14 June 2018 Not getting enough can impact your memories, can give you foggy thinking, and over time can even lead to things like Alzheimer's. Emma Wartzman, Bon Appetit, "We Asked a Doctor ALL the Questions You Had About Sleep," 29 May 2018 Describe your leadership style: Forward thinking, organized, firm but sympathetic, demanding at times but understanding, fair. Greg Larose, NOLA.com, "Top Workplaces: Team spirit lifts Ryan Gootee General Contractors," 24 May 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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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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