[ verb ree-thingk; noun ree-thingk ]
/ verb riˈθɪŋk; noun ˈriˌθɪŋk /

verb (used with or without object), re·thought, re·think·ing.

to reconsider, especially profoundly.


the act of reconsidering.

Origin of rethink

First recorded in 1690–1700; re- + think1
Related formsre·think·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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verb (riːˈθɪŋk) -thinks, -thinking or -thought

to think about (something) again, esp with a view to changing one's tactics or opinions

noun (ˈriːˌθɪŋk)

the act or an instance of thinking again
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Word Origin and History for rethinking



1700, from re- "back, again" + think (v.). Related: Rethinking.

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