thought

noun
\ ˈthȯt How to pronounce thought (audio) \

Definition of thought

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : something that is thought: such as
a : an individual act or product of thinking
b : a developed intention or plan had no thought of leaving home
c : something (such as an opinion or belief) in the mind he spoke his thoughts freely
d : the intellectual product or the organized views and principles of a period, place, group, or individual contemporary Western thought
2a : the action or process of thinking : cogitation
b : serious consideration : regard
3a : reasoning power
b : the power to imagine : conception
a thought
: a little : somewhat a thought too much vinegar in the dressing

thought

Definition of thought (Entry 2 of 2)

past tense and past participle of think

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Synonyms & Antonyms for thought

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

  • short shrift
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Noun

idea, concept, conception, thought, notion, impression mean what exists in the mind as a representation (as of something comprehended) or as a formulation (as of a plan). idea may apply to a mental image or formulation of something seen or known or imagined, to a pure abstraction, or to something assumed or vaguely sensed. innovative ideas my idea of paradise concept may apply to the idea formed by consideration of instances of a species or genus or, more broadly, to any idea of what a thing ought to be. a society with no concept of private property conception is often interchangeable with concept; it may stress the process of imagining or formulating rather than the result. our changing conception of what constitutes art thought is likely to suggest the result of reflecting, reasoning, or meditating rather than of imagining. commit your thoughts to paper notion suggests an idea not much resolved by analysis or reflection and may suggest the capricious or accidental. you have the oddest notions impression applies to an idea or notion resulting immediately from some stimulation of the senses. the first impression is of soaring height

Examples of thought in a Sentence

Noun He could easily have held the audience for a one-hour answer that ranged from his thoughts on jazz to his soap-opera career playing gangsters … — Calvin Trillin, Nation, 28 May 2007 thoughts expressed while sitting alone at the keyboard would be put more diplomatically—or go unmentioned—face to face. — Daniel Goleman, New York Times, 20 Feb. 2007 Yes, well don't forget, sir, we're viewing this with twenty-twenty hindsight, but at the time no one gave a thought to geckos or what they ate—they were just another fact of life in the tropics. — T. Coraghessan Boyle, Harper's, April 1993 My first thought was that something must have changed. The thought of leaving never crossed my mind. Do you have any thoughts about the subject? She abandoned all thoughts of going home. It was just a thought. She was lost in thought. She abandoned all thought of going home. They should have put more thought into the proposal. While you're enjoying the holidays, you should spare a thought for those who are less fortunate. He has no thought for anyone but himself.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun What are your thoughts on releasing new music during the coronavirus pandemic? Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, "After Slash, Alice Cooper gigs Alabama musician returns," 15 May 2020 Hit me up with your thoughts on Tony’s victory run, and does this second dominant win officially put him on the Survivor Mount Rushmore? JEFF PROBST: Tony is such a delight to watch play Survivor. Dalton Ross, EW.com, "Jeff Probst weighs on the Survivor finale, winner, and remote reunion," 14 May 2020 DeVore recently shared his thoughts about the comedy-without-venues era and his album, which drops Friday, May 15, on iTunes, Spotify, Apple Music and Google Play. Chris Varias, Cincinnati.com, "Need a laugh right now? Local comedian to release stand-up album recorded at OTR bar," 12 May 2020 Strick shared his thoughts in an essay written for Artnet, with a headline that says it all: The U.S. Government Likely Won’t Step Up with a New Deal for Art. Michael Granberry, Dallas News, "Jeremy Strick of the Nasher Sculpture Center maps out a bold survival plan for America’s artists," 12 May 2020 This is the teammate Hoosiers came to know, reckless on the floor, and equally unafraid to share his thoughts, positive or negative, when the cameras weren’t rolling. Jon Blau, Indianapolis Star, "IU basketball alum Will Sheehey organizing NBA 2K tournament," 11 May 2020 In the Glamour interview, Whitmer shared her thoughts about the protesters in Lansing. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "Whitmer to Glamour magazine: 'I’m not going to apologize for doing my job'," 5 May 2020 In home hospice, Boller gave updates on his condition and shared his thoughts in text messages to friends. Sig Christenson, ExpressNews.com, "Brent Boller, Air Force spokesman and San Antonio radio personality, dies at 63," 5 May 2020 Earlier this week, Gaines took to Instagram to share her thoughts on the value of harkening back to our inner child alongside photos of a beautiful field of flowers. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Joanna Gaines Reminds Us All to Embrace Our “Little Girl Selves”," 5 May 2020

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First Known Use of thought

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

History and Etymology for thought

Noun

Middle English, from Old English thōht; akin to Old English thencan to think — more at think

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Time Traveler for thought

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

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20 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Thought.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/thought. Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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More Definitions for thought

thought

noun
How to pronounce thought (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of thought

: an idea, plan, opinion, picture, etc., that is formed in your mind : something that you think of
: the act or process of thinking
: the act of carefully thinking about the details of something

thought

Kids Definition of thought

 (Entry 1 of 2)

past tense and past participle of think

thought

noun
\ ˈthȯt How to pronounce thought (audio) \

Kids Definition of thought (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act or process of thinking She was deep in thought.
2 : something (as an idea or opinion) formed in the mind What are your thoughts on the matter?
3 : serious attention Give thought to the future.

thought

noun
\ ˈthȯt How to pronounce thought (audio) \

Medical Definition of thought

1a : the action or process of thinking
b : serious consideration
2a : reasoning power
b : the power to imagine : conception
3 : something that is thought: as
a : an individual act or product of thinking
b : a developed intention or plan he had no thought of leaving home
c : something (as an opinion or belief) in the mind she spoke her thoughts freely
d : the intellectual product or the organized views and principles of a period, place, group, or individual

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