thought

noun
\ˈthȯt \

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

c archaic : recollection, remembrance

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

account, advisement, consideration, debate, deliberation, reflection, study

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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Few people have given more thought to these scenarios, or have more riding on their outcome, than Major General Meelis Kiili, the commander of Estonia’s Defense League, a paramilitary organization known to the locals as the Kaitseliit. Simon Shuster/tallinn, Time, "Trump Shakes Up NATO, but Eastern European Allies Aren't Stirred," 13 July 2018 The same dynamic held true with respect to fatigue and suicidal thoughts. Alan Mozes, CBS News, "Doctor burnout behind many medical errors, study finds," 10 July 2018 In any case: dreams are complex and hard to predict or analyze, and highly dependent on each person’s thoughts or life circumstances. Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "Do Humans Dream Of Smartphones?," 7 July 2018 Camille returns to her hometown, which may have a serial killer, while thoughts about the past keep haunting her. Hal Boedeker, OrlandoSentinel.com, "'Sharp Objects,' Bill Maher, 'The 2000s': This weekend," 6 July 2018 Until that point, Gianfelici had been studying photography, scenography, and art history with the thought of becoming a graphic designer or an architect. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Simonetta Gianfelici, Model Turned Talent Scout, On What It Was Like Working With Helmut Newton, Thierry Mugler, and Vivienne Westwood," 12 July 2018 Some people try to avoid the thought of their death, but the avoidance only detracts from their quality of life. Loren A. Yadon, idahostatesman, "Leaving the ‘stage of life’ to the applause of heaven," 12 July 2018 But many people harbor thoughts of a break or respite from their day-to-day lives. Deborah Needleman, Town & Country, "How to Take a Gap Year From Your Life," 11 July 2018 Leave anything plugged in if the thought of moving it freaks you out, and movers will handle it later. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "8 Tips to Help You Move Like a Pro," 11 July 2018

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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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thought

noun

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 \

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 \

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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