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

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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 That's where your thought leadership strategy comes into play. Yogesh Shah, Forbes, "Eliminating Bias To Make Genuine Change Through Your Thought Leadership Activities," 6 Apr. 2021 Even though Gonzaga has been the favorite since last summer, Baylor has been a strong 1A and my initial thought when the line first game out Saturday night was that Gonzaga -5 was a little high. Los Angeles Times, "NCAA championship best bets: Baylor vs. Gonzaga picks against the spread," 5 Apr. 2021 Hey, Steve: My early thought is that the Browns will win 10 or 11 games this season and possibly win the division. Mary Kay Cabot, cleveland, "Why are the Browns still obsessed with Jadeveon Clowney? Hey, Mary Kay!," 28 Mar. 2021 Echoing her thought, Dao-Yi Chow draws attention to a shift occurring in the AAPI community. Kat Moon, Time, "How a Shared Goal to Dismantle White Supremacy Is Fueling Black-Asian Solidarity," 25 Mar. 2021 My first thought was to immediately grab him and call the police. Caroline Spivack, Curbed, "I Was Attacked for My Anti-Asian-Hate Sign — and Fought Back," 24 Mar. 2021 What's your first thought while watching an episode of HGTV's Home Town? Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "What Really Happens to All the Gorgeous Furniture and Home Accessories Featured on HGTV Home Town Episodes?," 9 Mar. 2021 His first thought was that he had been attacked by a rabid animal. Dana Goodyear, The New Yorker, "A Shooter in the Hills," 8 Mar. 2021 My initial thought was that this would be a parabolic plot showing that this rocket stage was accelerating. Rhett Allain, Wired, "How Far Away From Perseverance Did the Descent Stage Land?," 3 Mar. 2021

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

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“Thought.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/thought. Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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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 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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