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 This game will likely be a selection in plenty of survivor pools, as the thought of a young quarterback trying to win on the road against Pittsburgh’s top-tier defense inspires mostly a wrinkled nose of sympathy. Benjamin Hoffman, New York Times, "N.F.L. Week 2 Predictions: Our Picks Against the Spread," 17 Sep. 2020 If the thought of revisiting cargo pants has crossed your mind recently, now’s the time to indulge. Shanna Shipin, Glamour, "The 31 Best Cargo Pants for Women," 16 Sep. 2020 The 18th annual event, which includes thought-provoking films and art exhibits, is offering viewers worldwide the chance to enjoy online feature film screenings and virtual panel discussions from the comfort and safety of their homes. Kathleen Christiansen, orlandosentinel.com, "Global Peace Film Festival goes mostly virtual this year," 9 Sep. 2020 Each sister chases a different life, until their stories eventually circle back to Louisiana and family in this compelling and thought-provoking novel. Rochelle M. O’gorman, The Christian Science Monitor, "A warm goodbye to summer with four great audiobooks," 31 Aug. 2020 Antetokounmpo playing in Phoenix with Booker is a tasty thought. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, "Phoenix Suns ideal trade destination for reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo?," 8 Sep. 2020 There was some thought, following a report that the Lakers and Clippers had voted not to continue, that the entire bubble was about to burst. Tim Cowlishaw, Dallas News, "Here’s one battle Cowboys owner Jerry Jones should lose to head coach Mike McCarthy," 27 Aug. 2020 While a nightmare for any family, an emergency room trip is a particularly devastating thought for a family with a child with Grossman's condition. Ryan Prior, CNN, "Their lives are in other people's hands: Young people with immune conditions fear coronavirus," 21 Aug. 2020 There was some thought of maybe taking a field trip on a Saturday to Baltimore Beach to expose some of the top players to the sand, in a fun environment. Randy Mcroberts, baltimoresun.com, "Outdoor volleyball leagues are forming and set to begin play next week," 18 Aug. 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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23 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Thought.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/thought. Accessed 26 Sep. 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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