Definition of brainstorm in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbrānˌstôrm/


1A spontaneous group discussion to produce ideas and ways of solving problems.
Example sentences
  • A survey by Business Link revealed that few rated brainstorms or discussions at work with colleagues.
  • To work with staff, consider an informal brainstorm luncheon to seek new ideas for training sessions.
  • Often we would go into brainstorms, giving new ideas to the designer of the game.
1.1North American informal A sudden clever idea.
Example sentences
  • Armed with a regiment of recipes, which had been perfected over months, Burke had a last minute brainstorm and completely changed his menu the day of the competition.
  • I did very little production on this, I supervised and project managed the design team and dealt with several staff issues but actually had minimal design input past the brainstorm.
  • He ponders the situation for a moment, then has a brainstorm: he sticks the small red ice-scraper in the snow to mark the spot.
2 informal A moment in which one is suddenly unable to think clearly or act sensibly.
Example sentences
  • Annabel Goldie had a brainstorm - or maybe she's on something - and started flirting with Jack at Question Time.
  • Whatever happened, I had a brainstorm, because I thought I had always understood the way it worked.
  • In it he wrote about his brainstorms and his ‘horrible feeling of stress’ which made his body twitch.


[no object]
Produce an idea or way of solving a problem by holding a spontaneous group discussion: (as noun brainstorming) a brainstorming session
More example sentences
  • Schweitzer and his marketing team brainstormed 50 to 60 ideas for the auction, which took months to coordinate with staff from CBS shows.
  • They helped each other both as crew and in class discussions as they brainstormed their ideas and talked about techniques for expressing themselves.
  • Get a group of friends together and spend one hour brainstorming for more ideas how you can help Israel.

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Syllabification: brain·storm

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