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Pronunciation: /θɪŋk/

Translation of think in Spanish:

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo (past tense & past participle/pasado y participio pasado thought)

  • 1 pensar* why don't you think before you speak? ¿por qué no piensas antes de hablar? think hard/carefully piénsalo mucho/bien I did it without thinking lo hice sin pensar just think! ¡imagínate! it makes you think, doesn't it? da que pensar or te hace pensar ¿no? to think aloud pensar* en voz alta to think for oneself pensar* por sí mismo to think again pensarlo* mejor you have to think big tienes que proyectar las cosas a gran escala to think about sth pensar* en algo (consider) pensar* algo I can't stop thinking about what happened/about him no puedo dejar de pensar en lo que pasó/en él all you ever think about is money! ¡sólo piensas en el dinero! I'll have to think about it tendré que pensarlo, (me) lo tendré que pensar it doesn't bear thinking about mejor ni pensarlo I knew she was thinking about selling it sabía que estaba pensando en venderlo to think of sth/sb pensar* en algo/algn think of a number piensa (en) un número whatever were you thinking of when you bought it? ¿(en) qué estabas pensando cuando lo compraste? think of the expense/me piensa en el gasto/en mí you never think of the others nunca piensas en los demás I hadn't thought of that no se me había ocurrido eso come to think of it, I have one at home ahora que lo pienso, yo tengo uno en casa just think of it: your name in lights! ¡imagínate! ¡tu nombre en las marquesinas! think of what we could do with the money! ¡imagínate lo que podríamos hacer con el dinero! you can't think of everything no se puede estar en todo or en todos los detalles to think better of sth I was going to ask her but thought better of it se lo iba a preguntar pero recapacité y cambié de idea to think twice pensarlo* dos veces she'll think twice before she's rude to me again lo va a pensar dos veces or va a tener mucho cuidado antes de volver a faltarme al respetoto think on sth [liter or dial] think (well) on it piénsalo or piénsatelo bien
    Example sentences
    • 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.
  • 2 (intend, plan) to think of -ing pensar* + infinitive/infinitivo I was thinking of resigning, anyway de todas formas, yo pensaba renunciar or tenía pensado renunciar what are you thinking of doing tonight? ¿qué piensas hacer esta noche?, ¿qué tienes planeado hacer esta noche?
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    Example sentences
    • 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.
  • 3 3.1 (find, come up with)to think of sth can you think of anything better? ¿se te ocurre algo mejor? I couldn't think of anything to say no se me ocurrió qué decir he tried to think of an alternative trató de encontrar una alternativa what will they think of next! ¡ya no saben qué inventar! I thought of it first se me ocurrió a mí primero, la idea fue mía 3.2 (remember) to think of sth acordarse* de algo I can't think of his name no me puedo acordar de su nombre
    Example sentences
    • 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.
  • 4 (have opinion) to think highly of sb tener* muy buena opinión de algn, tener* a algn en muy buen concepto don't think badly of me no pienses mal de mí he's very well thought of lo tienen en muy buen concepto he thinks a lot of you te aprecia mucho I don't think much of her boyfriend no tengo muy buena impresión de su novio she thinks nothing of spending $500 in a restaurant a ella no le parece nada extraordinario gastar 500 dólares en un restaurante, ella gasta 500 dólares en un restaurante como si tal cosa think nothing of it no tiene ninguna importancia

transitive verb/verbo transitivo (past tense & past participle/pasado y participio pasado thought)

  • 1 1.1 (reflect, ponder) pensar* what are you thinking? ¿qué estás pensando? and to think that only yesterday he was saying … y pensar que ayer sin ir más lejos estuvo diciendo que … (just) think what that would cost/how lucky we were piensa (en) lo que costaría/la suerte que tuvimos think business! ¡piensa como un hombre de negocios! 1.2 (remember) I didn't think to look there/to ask him no se me ocurrió mirar allí/preguntárselo I can't think where it was no me puedo acordar de dónde estaba try to think who you gave it to intenta acordarte de a quién se lo diste
    Example sentences
    • 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.
  • 2 2.1 (suppose, imagine) pensar* I thought you knew pensé que lo sabías that's what you think eso es lo que tú crees or piensas what do you think you're doing? ¿pero tú qué te crees? I thought I told you not to do that! ¿no te dije que no hicieras eso?, me parece que te dije que no hicieras eso ¿no? you'd have thought he'd have known better! ¡uno hubiera pensado que no iba a ser tan tonto!, ¿quién se iba a imaginar que iba a ser tan tonto? who would have thought it? ¿quién lo hubiera dicho or imaginado?, ¿quién lo iba a decir? anyone would think I was torturing her! ¡cualquiera diría que la estoy torturando! who do you think you are? ¿quién te crees que eres?, ¿qué te crees? do you think you could help me? ¿le importaría ayudarme? I can't think why he refused no me explico or no entiendo por qué se negó 2.2 (expect) pensar* I thought you'd be there pensé or creí que estarías allí we didn't think it would take so long no pensamos que se iba a tardar tanto I'll help as well — I should think so (too)! yo también ayudo — ¡me imagino que sí! or ¡pues faltaría más! she wouldn't accept the money — I should think not! no quiso aceptar el dinero — ¡pues bueno fuera! or ¡no faltaba más!
    Example sentences
    • Of course not and just think of the massive amount of money we would gain and how much red tape we would lose.
    2.3 (indicating intention) we thought we'd eat out tonight esta noche tenemos pensado salir a cenar I think I'll go to bed bueno, me voy a acostar
  • 3 (believe) creer* I think/I don't think it can be done creo que se puede/no creo que se pueda hacer who do you think did it? ¿quién crees que lo hizo?, ¿quién te parece que lo hizo? he's thought to be 95 se cree que tiene 95 años I think it unlikely a mí me parece or yo lo veo poco probable I don't think a strike would achieve anything yo no creo or a mí no me parece que con una huelga se vaya a lograr nada I think you'll find it's the only way ya verá usted que es la única manera she's been cheating you — I thought as much te ha estado engañando — ya me parecía or ya me lo imaginaba I thought him rude/pleasant me pareció or lo encontré grosero/agradable will you be able to do it? — I think so/I don't think so ¿vas a poder hacerlo? — creo que sí or me parece que sí/ creo que no or me parece que no will they give me the loan? — I rather think not ¿me darán el préstamo? — me parece que no
    Example sentences
    • 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.


  • (no plural/sin plural) I'll have to have a think about it tendré que pensarlo or pensármelo if you think that, you've got another think coming si te crees eso estás muy equivocado or te vas a llevar un chasco or (Spain/España) [colloquial/familiar] lo llevas claro

Phrasal verbs

think ahead

verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio
you have to think ahead tienes que ser previsor I never think more than a few days ahead nunca hago planes para más de unos pocos días they are already thinking ahead to the next elections ya están pensando en or planeando de cara a las próximas elecciones

think back

verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio
recordar* think back haz memoria you were young once yourself — that's thinking a long way back! tú también fuiste joven — ¡te estás remontando al pasado remoto! [humorous/humorístico] to think back to sth recordar* algo, acordarse* de algo she thought back to the time when she had been happy se acordó de or recordó aquella época en que había sido feliz

think out

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento
she had thought out very carefully what she was going to say había pensado muy bien or planeado cuidadosamente lo que iba a decir the policy has not been properly thought out la política no ha sido estudiada or elaborada con el debido cuidado a well thought-out proposal una propuesta bien elaborada

think over

verb + object + adverb/verbo + complemento + adverbio
pensar* I'll have to think it over tendré que pensarlo, (me) lo tendré que pensar think things over carefully first primero piénsatelo bien, reflexiona antes de decidir

think through

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento
[project] planear detenidamente; [idea] considerar or estudiar detenidamente you didn't think it through no lo pensaste concienzudamente or bien

think up

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento
[excuse] inventar; [slogan] crear, idear they had thought up some very difficult questions habían ideado or se les habían ocurrido unas preguntas bien difíciles

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