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 was the challenge that Thomas Woltz and his team at Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects (NBWLA) sought to answer with a thought-provoking new project that opened on April 21, timed with Earth Day this week. Bebe Howorth, ELLE Decor, "A New Memorial Marries Ecological and Social Justice," 22 Apr. 2021 The result is this article, that shares creative and thought-provoking profiles of five kids from the future. Cathy Hackl, Forbes, "Five Kids From The Future," 18 Apr. 2021 David Treuer, meanwhile, argues in a thought-provoking piece for the Atlantic that America’s national parks should be returned to the Indigenous peoples from whom the land was stolen. Los Angeles Times, "My friend was killed riding a bike. He wanted cities built for people, not cars," 15 Apr. 2021 The two had a thought-provoking friendship and rarely discussed music. Shelby Stewart, Chron, "The brazenness and power of being the lone wolf, according to Z-Ro," 1 Apr. 2021 It’s a thought-provoking article about the influence of billionaires and our complex feelings about them. New York Times, "Why Amazon’s Union Vote Matters," 31 Mar. 2021 Shining a light on the way these offensive stereotypes are part of entertainment and comedy is a thought-provoking way into the larger conversation. Maggie Fremont, Vulture, "Good Trouble Recap: Pandora’s Box," 24 Mar. 2021 The Fallout' Winner of the SXSW grand jury prize, writer/director Megan Park's film follows the aftermath of a school shooting in touching, thought-provoking and unexpectedly funny fashion. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "10 best movies we saw at South by Southwest, ranked (including jury winner 'The Fallout')," 22 Mar. 2021 What happened next to schools and families was devastating and electrifying, thought-provoking and quieting, unifying and isolating. USA Today, "A year after COVID shut schools, students and teachers share what shook them — and what strengthened them," 21 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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3 May 2021

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“Thought.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/thought. Accessed 7 May. 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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