verb (used without object), thought, think·ing.
verb (used with object), thought, think·ing.
- to conceive of; imagine.
- to have an opinion or judgment of.
- to consider; anticipate: When one thinks of what the future may bring, one is both worried and hopeful.
- to think about until a conclusion is reached; understand or solve by thinking.
- to devise by thinking; contrive: He thought out a plan for saving time.
Origin of think1
verb (used without object), thought, think·ing. Obsolete.
Origin of think2
Related Words for thinkguess, consider, feel, assume, see, understand, expect, determine, judge, realize, take, ponder, resolve, study, appreciate, reflect, speculate, foresee, envision, conclude
Examples from the Web for think
Contemporary Examples of think
I think a lot of it has to do with the attitude and the energy behind it and the honesty.
“I think the types of stories we do are very similar to what happened with hip-hop,” says Jones.
“I think for trans men who are dating every time they hook up they have another coming out,” Sandler said.Grindr’s Trans Dating Problem
January 9, 2015
I think a large majority of our fans are [other] nationalities.
Think back to the Bush-Kerry race of 2004, the Thrilla in Vanilla.Jeb Bush’s Unseen Anti-Gay Marriage Emails
January 9, 2015
Historical Examples of think
I think this blessing comes from the Divine, by reason of the innocence of his life.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
He decided, too, that he could think better with something mechanical to occupy his hands.
If you think it is I'll tell you something that isn't: Avice practically refused him.
Just think of all those poor babies when the weather gets hot.
He decided he ought to think more about what he was doing and what he should do.
verb thinks, thinking or thought
- to expect; supposeI didn't think to see you here
- to be considerate or aware enough (to do something)he did not think to thank them
- to change one's mind about (a course of action, decision, etc)
- to have a more favourable opinion of (a person)
- to regard as routine, easy, or natural
- to have no compunction or hesitation about
- to have a very low opinion of
Word Origin for think
Old English þencan "conceive in the mind, think, consider, intend" (past tense þohte, p.p. geþoht), probably originally "cause to appear to oneself," from Proto-Germanic *thankjan (cf. Old Frisian thinka, Old Saxon thenkian, Old High German denchen, German denken, Old Norse þekkja, Gothic þagkjan); Old English þencan is the causative form of the distinct Old English verb þyncan "to seem or appear" (past tense þuhte, past participle geþuht), from Proto-Germanic *thunkjan (cf. German dünken, däuchte). Both are from PIE *tong- "to think, feel" which also is the root of thought and thank. The two meanings converged in Middle English and þyncan "to seem" was absorbed, except for archaic methinks "it seems to me." Jocular past participle thunk (not historical, but by analogy of drink, sink, etc.) is recorded from 1876.
In addition to the idioms beginning with think
- think a lot of
- think aloud
- think back
- think better of
- think big
- thinking cap
- think little of
- think nothing of
- think on one's feet
- think out
- think over
- think piece
- think positive
- think tank
- think the world of
- think through
- think twice
- think up
- come to think of it
- have another guess (think) coming
- hear oneself think
- not think much of
- put on one's thinking cap
- wishful thinking
Also see underthought.