verb (past and past participle thought /θɔːt/)
- I have no idea why she would think that associating with those people is a good thing.
- But nobody thinks that idea worth fighting a war over.
- But at their recent meeting, members said they thought the situation was getting better.
- So with dinner in mind and a recent chat to people in Spain, I think a small sherry is in order.
- The very fact that we have moved beyond the age of deference supports my case I think.
- Tonight is my last night in Preston for a while so I am going for a few pints and a curry I think.
- With this in mind, let us think for a moment about the surface of a sphere.
- Natural selection did not design our minds to think directly about how best to pass on our genes.
- I just sat in my chair for a few moments, my mouth silent, my mind thinking.
- And we have to have an educational approach, which thinks in these kinds of terms.
- You imagine the worst by thinking negatively without good reason.
- You tend to imagine the worst by thinking negatively and torturing yourself endlessly today!
- We need to think of possible legal complications in all sorts of routine situations.
- Make sure you have thought of the possible gains and losses if you took the leap.
- The tendency is to take what he wants, and act as he wants without thinking of the possible effect on others.
- But for me, these remembrances are the best way I can think of to give you a sense of an age long gone.
- If you can think of an animal, the likelihood is it would be made into a rug somewhere in the house, with its head mounted on the walls.
- I can think of some cases where a marina actually adds to the beauty and charm of a place.
- Recently, I've been thinking of doing a course with the Open University - which is probably a good thing to do.
- Now I am about to start a clinical doctorate I am thinking of doing an art course.
- If you are thinking about setting up a course then you should think through these issues.
- Sadly for me, nobody ever thought to test the damn thing on the Firth of Clyde on a Tuesday.
- There was a timber yard next door and someone thought to test the process on pine.
- Novelists have been keen to think themselves into the position of the victims (though because they relish the danger and are spared the death, the morality of the effort remains questionable).
- On top of that we had to think ourselves into how the character feels.
- Unlike Gwyneth Paltrow in Sliding Doors (a spiritually similar film) who was called upon to play essentially the same character twice, here Mitchell has to think herself into two spaces completely.
- She told him that in her opinion very few people thought of her a lady.
- He has not hazarded an opinion of what he thinks of the subject of his study, the bizarre chain of consequences he unleashed and the political context of these new developments.
- Hope you enjoyed the above and I would be interested to see what anyone else thinks of my opinions and whether you agree or disagree.
noun[in singular] informal
- Anyway, we had a think in the office but were stumped for specific local Melbourne myths.
- She was very upset but she very quickly stopped crying and had a think.
- So I had a little think and a bit of a search to check and came up with this list.
have (got) another think coming
- informal Used to express the speaker’s disagreement with or unwillingness to do something suggested by someone else: if they think I’m going to do physical jerks, they’ve got another think comingMore example sentences
- If we think - despite what I've said about us being better than last year - if we think even for a moment that we are good enough with the present squad to win the championship next season, then we will have another think coming.
- If you thought the ethnic game, which held in thrall several generations, had paled into insignificance in the wake of the popularity of spectacle sports such as cricket and football, you have another think coming.
- That may satisfy some people suffering from Frankenfood fixation, but if they think proud British eco-warriors are going to be put off by the facts, they have another think coming…
- Reconsider something: the advisory committee must think again about its approachMore example sentences
- If they thought that there would be a news blackout on their actions they must now think again.
- If it does turn out that truth is stranger than your fiction, you must think again.
- Politicians who have issued intemperate attacks on the apathy of the young must think again.
- Express one’s thoughts as soon as they occur: no definite proposal, my dear chap—just thinking aloudMore example sentences
- ‘They'll probably be chasing us as soon as they can start their cars,’ she thought aloud.
- The general has thought aloud about his ‘alternative dream’ and gone ahead with the construction of Gwadar deep-sea port.
- Sterling, speaking to a crowd at the Microsoft Campus, thought aloud about the problem.
think (the) better of
- You think better of the prank and decide to avoid certain detention.
- This turns out to be one of those jobs that you don't think better of until it's way too late.
- Later, thinking better of how this would look, they put the documents back in the box, put gloves on, and staged photographs of themselves opening the box properly.
- I always think better of a person who is willing to admit error than one who tries to pin the blame on subordinates.
- I for one will think better of him if he is a crook.
- If she had thought better of her brother then she might have thought it was planned that way.
- see big.
- see fit1.
think for oneself
- Have an independent mind or attitude: the aim is to get the students to think for themselvesMore example sentences
- Like the best of teachers, Sontag stirs the imagination, ultimately encouraging readers to engage their minds and think for themselves.
- Help is fine when needed but we do not want these young minds not to think for themselves.
- It's the paradox of pedagogy: how to teach students to think for themselves.
think nothing of
- Consider (an activity others regard as unusual, wrong, or difficult) as straightforward or normal: ordinarily, our elected representatives would think nothing of spending another $20 billionMore example sentences
consider normal, consider usual, consider routine, take in one's stride, not think twice about;have no problems with, have no compunction about, have no hesitation about
- He thinks nothing of resorting to adolescent activity when his mother's Steuben egg and his father's Porsche are damaged and tries to cover this up by turning the home into a brothel.
- She thinks little of seeking vengeance for wrongs, tripping out on magic mushrooms and, in an especially lovely moment of controlled atmosphere, engaging in a spot of Ouija board shenanigans.
- Sometimes the disjunction is so severe that the patient thinks nothing of even severing a part of the body, like the famous painter Van Gogh who chopped off his ears.
think nothing of it
- see nothing.
think on one's feet
- see foot.
- Consider a course of action carefully before embarking on it: she would think twice about accepting a job where smoking was the normMore example sentences
- Of course, once I thought twice about holiday math, I realized that 16.7 percent of all days occur during November and December.
- In my pocket, I'm picking at one corner of the envelope, thinking twice about giving it to him, even thinking twice about taking the thing out of my pocket.
- And should parents think twice before enrolling their children on scuba courses?
think the world of
- see world.
- Recall a past event or time: I keep thinking back to schoolMore example sentences
- I think back to the past and recall that it is the table at which we used to discuss politics or at which I wrote my first book.
- Barden thinks back through the past few years and it is easy to spot the games they should have won and the opportunities missed.
- Just think back to this past summer and the drama surrounding Taylor's decision to step down.
- dialect & North American Think of or about: I think on her every day in my prayersMore example sentences
- Your point should be a revelation to those who would think on what you have said.
- If you ever consider going into business for yourself, think on this.
- As boys came into her mind for a change, she thought on the dark-eyed guy that had been at the stables.
think something out (or through)
- Consider something in all its aspects before taking action: the plan had not been properly thought outMore example sentences
- Every aspect of the house has been thought out in great detail, but for Eleanor the most appealing benefits are the views.
- Many suggestions were thought out and considered as hours flew by with still no real progress.
- There were some last-minute additions to the program, but they weren't thought out properly.
think something over
- Consider something carefully: he told the player to go home and think over his offerMore example sentences
consider, contemplate, deliberate about, weigh up, consider the pros and cons of, mull over, ponder, reflect on, muse on, ruminate on
- I studied the sweet counter intently, selecting a range of my favourite goodies, counting up the pennies, thinking it over carefully.
- ‘At the end of the season, I will think things over carefully and decide whether I should ever bowl again,’ he added.
- Let us suppose, for the sake of argument, that this guard did in fact stop to think things over carefully.
think something up
- informal Use one’s ingenuity to devise something: Nick went away to think up an alternative planMore example sentences
devise, dream up, come up with, invent, create, concoct, contrive, improvise, make up;hit on
- Maybe I'll be the one who brings it before you because I have thought it up, dreamed of it.
- Whoever thought this crazy policy up should be seeking alternative employment.
- It's such a weird contrivance, I keep wondering who thought it up.
Old English thencan, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch and German denken.
The Old English word think is related to thank (Old English) ( see also star) and thought (Old English). Hasty words can land you in trouble, and there is a traditional saying that warns you how to avoid this. Think first and speak afterwards goes back to the 16th century. Another proverb, great minds think alike, dates from the 17th century. They think it's all over, used as the title of a British TV sports quiz, is an extract from one of the most famous sports commentaries ever. Towards the end of extra time in the 1966 World Cup final between England and West Germany, with England leading 3–2, some spectators spilled on to the pitch as England attacked, thinking that the final whistle had blown. The TV commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme said, ‘They think it's all over’, whereupon Geoff Hurst scored and he continued ‘It is now!’ A think tank is now a body of experts providing ideas, but it was originally a US slang term for the brain, recorded from 1905. A newspaper report in 1964 said that ‘Truman…hoped to live to be 90 but only “if the old think-tank is working”.’ The modern sense appeared in the 1950s. The phrase (on) second thoughts dates from the mid 17th century; lost in thought is early 19th-century; it's the thought that counts is recorded from the 1930s.
Words that rhyme with thinkbethink, blink, brink, cinque, clink, dink, drink, fink, Frink, gink, ink, interlink, jink, kink, link, mink, pink, plink, prink, rink, shrink, sink, skink, slink, stink, sync, wink, zinc
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