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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Comedy writer Nell Scovell’s book Just the Funny Parts grapples from the first page with her thoughts about obsolescence, saying: What are the 4 stages of every Hollywood Writer’s Career Stage 1: Who is Nell Scovell? Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Can't Men Like Louis C.K. Accept Their Ideas Are Outdated?," 4 Jan. 2019 Lisa Borders: My first thought was Oh my gosh, this is terrible. Kayla Webley Adler, Marie Claire, "Time's Up: One Year Later," 3 Jan. 2019 Surround yourself by nature and go somewhere tranquil to be alone with your thoughts. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Woman's Day, "30 Fun Things to Do By Yourself in Your Lifetime," 3 Jan. 2019 The Cardinals play in Papa John's Cardinal Stadium and wide receivers Jaylen Smith and Seth Dawkins took to Twitter to voice their thoughts on the name. Jenna West, SI.com, "Two Louisville Football Players Ask for Papa John's Cardinal Stadium Name Change," 12 July 2018 Not everyone—or really much of anyone at all—liked the thought of a Las Vegas Strip in Massachusetts. Andrea Bennett, Condé Nast Traveler, "Will New Casinos Bring a "MassVegas" to New England?," 17 Dec. 2018 Dell Don't turn your nose up at the thought of a low-rent Core i3. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Dell's cheapest XPS 13 yet, the 9370 is just $900," 28 Aug. 2018 Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations, basically sounds like her old talk show but in audio form and with more in-depth, uplifting, thought-provoking messages. Mallory Creveling, SELF, "16 Runners Share Their Favorite Podcasts to Listen to on a Run," 29 July 2018 Adrian Beltre may or may not get traded, but the thought of Beltre getting moved really overwhelmed one young Rangers fan. Peter Dawson, star-telegram, "Video: The idea of the Rangers trading Adrian Beltre hilariously devastates young fan," 12 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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