think

verb
\ ˈthiŋk How to pronounce think (audio) \
thought\ ˈthȯt How to pronounce think (audio) \; thinking

Definition of think

 (Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to form or have in the mind
2 : to have as an intention thought to return early
3a : to have as an opinion think it's so
b : to regard as : consider think the rule unfair
4a : to reflect on : ponder think the matter over
b : to determine by reflecting think what to do next
5 : to call to mind : remember He never thinks to ask how we are.
6 : to devise by thinking usually used with up thought up a plan to escape
7 : to have as an expectation : anticipate We didn't think we'd have any trouble.
8a : to center one's thoughts on talks and thinks business
b : to form a mental picture of
9 : to subject to the processes of logical thought think things out

intransitive verb

1a : to exercise the powers of judgment, conception, or inference : reason
b : to have in the mind or call to mind a thought
2a : to have the mind engaged in reflection : meditate
b : to consider the suitability thought of her for president
3 : to have a view or opinion thinks of himself as a poet
4 : to have concern usually used with of I must think first of my family.
5 : to consider something likely : suspect may happen sooner than you think
think better of
: to reconsider and make a wiser decision
think much of
: to view with satisfaction : approve usually used in negative constructions I didn't think much of the new car.

think

noun

Definition of think (Entry 2 of 3)

: an act of thinking He has to make up his mind, in a deep, hard think, whether he really believes that philanthropy is worth while.— Jerome Ellison … returned home for a rest and a good think.— Richard Corliss If he thinks he can fool me, he has another think coming. [=he is wrong]

think

adjective

Definition of think (Entry 3 of 3)

: relating to, requiring, or stimulating thinking

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Verb

thinker noun

Synonyms for think

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Verb

think, conceive, imagine, fancy, realize, envisage, envision mean to form an idea of. think implies the entrance of an idea into one's mind with or without deliberate consideration or reflection. I just thought of a good joke conceive suggests the forming and bringing forth and usually developing of an idea, plan, or design. conceived of a new marketing approach imagine stresses a visualization. imagine you're at the beach fancy suggests an imagining often unrestrained by reality but spurred by desires. fancied himself a super athlete realize stresses a grasping of the significance of what is conceived or imagined. realized the enormity of the task ahead envisage and envision imply a conceiving or imagining that is especially clear or detailed. envisaged a totally computerized operation envisioned a cure for the disease

think, cogitate, reflect, reason, speculate, deliberate mean to use one's powers of conception, judgment, or inference. think is general and may apply to any mental activity, but used alone often suggests attainment of clear ideas or conclusions. teaches students how to think cogitate implies deep or intent thinking. cogitated on the mysteries of nature reflect suggests unhurried consideration of something recalled to the mind. reflecting on fifty years of married life reason stresses consecutive logical thinking. able to reason brilliantly in debate speculate implies reasoning about things theoretical or problematic. speculated on the fate of the lost explorers deliberate suggests slow or careful reasoning before forming an opinion or reaching a conclusion or decision. the jury deliberated for five hours

Examples of think in a Sentence

Verb We may finish sooner than you think. You should relax and try to think pleasant thoughts. I was just thinking what it would be like to be a doctor. I dread to think how he will react. Why do you always think the worst? Just think how nice it would be to live here. Just think—in two days we'll be on vacation, lying on the beach. Noun I'd have another think about doing that if I were you. Feel free to have a good think about it before you say yes.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Free safety Julian Blackmon might have had a little trouble keeping up his pace down the stretch, but the Colts think a full offseason with a healthy knee might mean the big plays Blackmon made early come more often in his second year. Joel A. Erickson, The Indianapolis Star, "Film with Chris Ballard: Colts impressed by 1st glimpse of rookie tight end, wide receiver," 16 May 2021 Just as with the original Operation Warp Speed, government and the private sector need to come together to do things faster than any of them would normally think possible. Patrick Brennan, National Review, "How to Vaccinate the World," 16 May 2021 Almost half — and especially, for those who believe Mr. Biden didn't legitimately win — think changing the voting process, rather than messaging, is more important. Anthony Salvanto, Fred Backus, CBS News, "Republicans weigh in on Liz Cheney and direction of GOP — CBS News poll," 16 May 2021 Take in the best of the Southwest with family-friendly activities (think old-fashioned soda fountains in Scottsdale, Arizona, and an animal sanctuary in Kanab, Utah) or get your heart pumping with the glass Skywalk over the Grand Canyon. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, "You Could Win a Family Road Trip Worth $25,000 — All It Takes Is a Short Essay," 15 May 2021 Some might think the murderous attacks on Israel are more important, or the threatening and growing relationship between Iran, China and Russia now that Team Biden is in charge of U.S. foreign policy. John Kass, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Republican Liz Cheney as the Democrats’ Joan of Arc," 15 May 2021 Compared to traditional stress management methods, students with high stress levels could think and plan more clearly after spending time with a therapy dog, reports Ed Cara for Gizmodo. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, "For Stressed-Out College Students, Petting Therapy Dogs Has Long-Lasting Benefits," 14 May 2021 Some health experts think so, my colleague Rong-Gong Lin II reports. Kiera Feldman Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Coronavirus Today: Did the CDC move too quickly?," 14 May 2021 And the virus is more likely to keep coming back to places where people think the pandemic is over without decisive action to drive down the virus everywhere. James Hamblin, The Atlantic, "We Can’t Hide in Our Bubble of Immunity Forever," 14 May 2021

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First Known Use of think

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1834, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1890, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for think

Verb

Middle English thenken, from Old English thencan; akin to Old High German denken to think, Latin tongēre to know — more at thanks

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The first known use of think was before the 12th century

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think

verb

English Language Learners Definition of think

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to believe that something is true, that a particular situation exists, that something will happen, etc.
: to have an opinion about someone or something
: to form or have (a particular thought) in your mind

think

noun

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

chiefly British, informal : an act of thinking about something

think

verb
\ ˈthiŋk How to pronounce think (audio) \
thought\ ˈthȯt \; thinking

Kids Definition of think

1 : to have as an opinion or belief I think you can do it.
2 : to form or have in the mind We were afraid to even think what had happened.
3 : remember sense 1 I didn't think to ask.
4 : to use the power of the mind to understand, find out, or decide You're just not thinking.
5 : to consider for some time : ponder I'm still thinking it over.
6 : to invent something by thinking She tried to think up an excuse.
7 : to hold a strong feeling They think highly of you.
8 : to have as a plan I think I'll call first.
9 : to care about I must think first of my family.

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thinker noun

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