Origin of thinking
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 thinkingreasoning, idea, understanding, logic, opinion, judgment, absorbed, engrossed, contemplative, deliberating, rational, cerebration, contemplation, reflection, deliberation, cognition, study, rumination, introspection, reason
Examples from the Web for thinking
Contemporary Examples of thinking
While Huckabee is thinking about his run for president, I thought it was time to think about Huckabee.The Devil in Mike Huckabee
January 6, 2015
But the ads are not just intended to remind the Google-curious that Paul exists and is thinking about running for president.Rand Paul’s Passive-Aggressive Trolling Campaign
January 6, 2015
I was thinking about retiring from modeling, but spending that time with them rekindled that bug.Porn Stars on the Year in Porn: Drone Erotica, Belle Knox, and Wild Sex
December 27, 2014
I am personally guilty of thinking that the culture war can be at least partially won on style points.Glenn Beck Is Now Selling Hipster Clothes. Really.
Ana Marie Cox
December 20, 2014
Thinking there was another way, I met a few times with the president of the Interfraternity Council.I Was Gang Raped at a UVA Frat 30 Years Ago, and No One Did Anything
December 16, 2014
Historical Examples of thinking
It seemed, however, that he had merely been thinking intently.
Some of your money is hidden away in the cellar, I'm thinking.Brave and Bold
She was silent and motionless for another five minutes, thinking intently.
Or perhaps it's a brutal revenge on me,—after thinking I'd only marry for money.
I have been thinking about that day, wondering what I could do to help you.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
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.