1an idea or opinion produced by thinking or occurring suddenly in the mind:Maggie had a sudden thoughtI asked him if he had any thoughts on how it had happenedMrs. Oliver’s first thought was to get help
(one's thoughts) one’s mind or attention:he’s very much in our thoughts and prayers
an act of considering or remembering someone or something:she hadn’t given a thought to Max for some time
(usually thought of) an intention, hope, or idea of doing or receiving something:he had given up all thoughts of making Manhattan his home
2the action or process of thinking:Sophie sat deep in thought
the formation of opinions, especially as a philosophy or system of ideas, or the opinions so formed:the freedom of thought and actionthe traditions of Western thought
careful consideration or attention:I haven’t given it much thought
concern for another’s well-being or convenience:he is carrying on the life of a single man, with no thought for me
don't give it another thought
informal used to tell someone not to worry when they have apologized for something.
it's the thought that counts
informal used to indicate that it is the kindness behind an act that matters, however imperfect or insignificant the act may be.
a second thought
[with negative] more than the slightest consideration:not one of them gave a second thought to the risks involved
dated reflect or consider.
that's a thought!
informal used to express approval of a comment or suggestion.
Old Englishthōht, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch gedachte, also to think