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thinking

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Pronunciation: /θɪŋkɪŋ
 
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Definition of thinking in English:

noun

[mass noun]
1The process of considering or reasoning about something: the selectors have some thinking to do before the match
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  • Leadership, strategic thinking and motivation are considered to be the key qualities of an effective CEO.
  • Why have these discredited ways of thinking become so influential once again?
  • Such offences, so the thinking goes, are of a lesser order and should not stigmatize violators.
1.1A person’s ideas or opinions: his thinking is reflected in his later autobiography
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  • I think these are over-inflated ideas, and my thinking comes out of working with depressed people.
  • Their thinking, ideas, and aspirations should be a part of the planning exercise for their city.
  • I have no idea what their thinking is at this moment in time other than by reading their own public utterances.
Synonyms
reasoning, idea(s), theory, thoughts, line of thought, philosophy, beliefs;
opinion(s), view(s), point(s) of view, viewpoint(s), position, outlook, judgement, assessment, evaluation
1.2 (thinkings) archaic Thoughts; meditations: I am wrap’d in dismal thinkings

adjective

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Using thought or rational judgement; intelligent: he seemed a thinking man
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  • But surely, you might say, she is an intelligent woman, the thinking man's posh totty.
  • Turning children at the threshold of their teens into rational thinking beings is clearly not their credo.
  • This is an insult to educated and rational thinking people of this nation.
Synonyms
intelligent, sensible, reasonable, rational, reasoning;
logical, analytical;
thoughtful, reflective, meditative, contemplative, pensive, philosophical

Phrases

good (or nice) thinking

1
Used as an expression of approval for an ingenious plan or observation.
Example sentences
  • However, his great stroke of genius was the lateral thinking he employed when he decided to use the same principle on a larger scale, on a different surface, thus inventing the lawn mower. Good thinking, huh?
  • Now that's good thinking, but still not very heroic.
  • It was good thinking, except I'd forgotten it was Tuesday and, on Tuesdays, the Post Office in Spilsby shuts at midday.

put on one's thinking cap

2
informal Meditate on a problem.
Example sentences
  • Settle into a comfy chair, get out your notebook, and put on your thinking cap.
  • Now go put on your thinking cap, ration yourself thirty minutes for a little intellectual playtime, and read the whole thing.
  • This play may not be for the faint of heart - be prepared to put on your thinking cap and engage it head-on.

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