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 makes Stingley an intriguing Heisman contender is the thought that he could be used as an offensive weapon. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "Heisman Trophy race in 2021 is intriguing, unpredictable and full of quarterbacks," 6 Jan. 2021 Solutionism is the thought of the cloud, a vision of the world as a machine with a nice, clear user interface, a set of problems that some clever young founder has just cleared away. Hari Kunzru, Harpers Magazine, "Complexity," 5 Jan. 2021 There was some thought before the start of the season that Gardner Minshew had the ability to spark the Jaguars this season with his playmaking ability and moxie. Dan Wiederer, chicagotribune.com, "Week 16 predictions: Can the Chicago Bears keep their playoff hopes alive with a win against the Jacksonville Jaguars?," 25 Dec. 2020 The top-of-the-line Prestige trim, which is best thought of as an $8,900 package that bundles a brace of luxury, tech, and driver-assistance features, is a pricey teaser. Jonathon Ramsey, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2021 Audi A4 45 Advances a Proven Formula," 14 Dec. 2020 Traylor said skipping out on a bowl opportunity was never a thought for the Roadrunners, pointing to a 99.5 percent attendance rate for voluntary workouts through the summer. Greg Luca, ExpressNews.com, "UTSA set for second bowl appearance in program history, drawing SMU in Frisco Bowl," 13 Dec. 2020 There was little thought given to expanding the language that had been developed for EDSAC 2. Richard Jensen, Ars Technica, "“A damn stupid thing to do”—the origins of C," 9 Dec. 2020 The pass rush was sorely lacking, but a Ravens team with Jackson playing at his best is a scary thought for other AFC playoff contenders. Baltimore Sun Staff, baltimoresun.com, "Instant analysis: Behind return of Lamar Jackson, Ravens beat Cowboys, 34-17, to halt three-game skid," 8 Dec. 2020 Wasn’t even a thought of telling Ryan Fitzpatrick to get warmed up for the second half just in case. Omar Kelly, sun-sentinel.com, "Kelly: Dolphins’ uptempo offense brings out the best in Tua Tagovailoa’s game in win over Bengals | Commentary," 6 Dec. 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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15 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Thought.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/thought. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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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

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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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