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
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

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms & Antonyms for thought

Synonyms: Noun

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

Antonyms: Noun

short shrift

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Choose the Right Synonym for thought

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.
See More

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

No think-tank or policy unit appears to have given real thought to slavery reparations. The Economist, "The idea of reparations for slavery is a morally appealing but flawed," 29 June 2019 Industrial hemp is used to make rope, clothing and cannabidiol (CBD) oil, which is thought to possess medicinal qualities for a number of ailments. John Maccormack, ExpressNews.com, "Hemp rush begins on West Texas farms," 29 June 2019 Our thoughts and prayers are with Duane, her family, loved ones and millions of fans. Jodi Guglielmi, PEOPLE.com, "Dog the Bounty Hunter Warned Criminals He’d Have No 'Mercy' Before Wife Beth Chapman’s Death," 27 June 2019 In this jovial atmosphere, Manic Street Preachers made an album that elevated deep thought to something like a moral imperative. Longreads, "Manic Street Preachers’ Album The Holy Bible," 25 June 2019 That will be filled with all my unfiltered, unorganized daily thoughts and happenings. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Who Is Brody Jenner's Wife Kaitlynn Carter on 'The Hills'?," 24 June 2019 Our thoughts and prayers are with the Butler family and all of those affected by his passing. Danny Hermosillo, Houston Chronicle, "Fort Bend Co. community says goodbye to beloved traveling man, Mr. Louis," 23 June 2019 Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families, & first responders who answered the call. CBS News, "At least 7 dead in "devastating" crash between motorcycles and truck in rural New Hampshire," 22 June 2019 The Steinmanns said the crash was an awful tragedy and said their thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those who were killed and injured in the crash. BostonGlobe.com, "NTSB headed to New Hampshire to investigate crash that killed seven," 22 June 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'thought.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about thought

Statistics for thought

Last Updated

2 Jul 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for thought

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

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for thought

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 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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on thought

What made you want to look up thought? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a small bunch of flowers

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!