thinking

[ thing-king ]
/ ˈθɪŋ kɪŋ /

adjective

rational; reasoning: People are thinking animals.
thoughtful; reflective: Any thinking person would reject that plan.

noun

thought; judgment, reflection: clear thinking.

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Origin of thinking

1250–1300; Middle English thenking (noun). See think1, -ing2, -ing1

OTHER WORDS FROM thinking

think·ing·ly, adverbnon·think·ing, adjective, noun

Definition for thinking (2 of 3)

Origin of think

1
before 900; Middle English thinken, variant of thenken, Old English thencan; cognate with Dutch, German denken, Old Norse thekkja, Gothic thagkjan; akin to thank

Definition for thinking (3 of 3)

think2
[ thingk ]
/ θɪŋk /

verb (used without object), thought, think·ing. Obsolete.

to seem or appear (usually used impersonally with a dative as the subject).
Compare methinks.

Origin of think

2
before 900; Middle English thinken, Old English thyncan; cognate with Dutch dunken, German dünken, Old Norse thykkja, Gothic thugkjan
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British Dictionary definitions for thinking (1 of 2)

thinking
/ (ˈθɪŋkɪŋ) /

noun

opinion or judgment
the process of thought

adjective

(prenominal) using or capable of using intelligent thoughtthinking people
put on one's thinking cap to ponder a matter or problem

British Dictionary definitions for thinking (2 of 2)

think
/ (θɪŋk) /

verb thinks, thinking or thought

noun

Derived forms of think

thinker, noun

Word Origin for think

Old English thencan; related to Old Frisian thenza, Old Saxon thenkian, Old High German denken, Old Norse thekkja, Gothic thagkjan
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Medical definitions for thinking (1 of 2)

thinking
[ thĭngkĭng ]

n.

The act or practice of a person who thinks; thought.

adj.

Characterized by thought or thoughtfulness; rational.

Medical definitions for thinking (2 of 2)

think
[ thĭngk ]

v.

To exercise the power of reason, as by conceiving ideas, drawing inferences, and using judgment.
To weigh or consider an idea.
To bring a thought to mind by imagination or invention.
To recall a thought or an image to mind.
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Idioms and Phrases with thinking

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