- rational; reasoning: People are thinking animals.
- thoughtful; reflective: Any thinking person would reject that plan.
- thought; judgment, reflection: clear thinking.
Origin of thinking
- to have a conscious mind, to some extent of reasoning, remembering experiences, making rational decisions, etc.
- to employ one's mind rationally and objectively in evaluating or dealing with a given situation: Think carefully before you begin.
- to have a certain thing as the subject of one's thoughts: I was thinking about you. We could think of nothing else.
- to call something to one's conscious mind: I couldn't think of his phone number.
- to consider something as a possible action, choice, etc.: She thought about cutting her hair.
- to invent or conceive of something: We thought of a new plan.
- to have consideration or regard for someone: Think of others first.
- to esteem a person or thing as indicated: to think badly of someone.
- to have a belief or opinion as indicated: I think so.
- (of a device or machine, especially a computer) to use artificial intelligence to perform an activity analogous to human thought.
- to have or form in the mind as an idea, conception, etc.
- to have or form in the mind in order to understand, know, or remember something else: Romantic comedy is all about chemistry: think Tracy and Hepburn. Can't guess? Here's a hint: think 19th century.
- to consider for evaluation or for possible action upon: Think the deal over.
- to regard as specified: He thought me unkind.
- to believe to be true of someone or something: to think evil of the neighbors.
- to analyze or evolve rationally: to think the problem out.
- to have as a plan or intention: I thought that I would go.
- to anticipate or expect: I did not think to find you here.
- of or relating to thinking or thought.
- Informal. stimulating or challenging to the intellect or mind: the think book of the year.Compare think piece.
- Informal. the act or a period of thinking: I want to sit down and give it a good think.
- think of,
- 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.
- think out/through,
- 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.
- think up, to devise or contrive by thinking: Can you think up an arrangement of furniture for this room?
- think better of, to change one's mind about; reconsider: She considered emigrating to Australia, but thought better of it.
- think fit, to consider advisable or appropriate: By all means, take a vacation if you think fit.
- think nothing of. nothing(def 19).
- think twice, to weigh carefully before acting; consider: I would think twice before taking on such a responsibility.
Origin of think1
- to seem or appear (usually used impersonally with a dative as the subject).
Origin of think2
Examples from the Web for 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
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
- opinion or judgment
- the process of thought
- (prenominal) using or capable of using intelligent thoughtthinking people
- put on one's thinking cap to ponder a matter or problem
- (tr; may take a clause as object) to consider, judge, or believehe thinks my ideas impractical
- (intr often foll by about) to exercise the mind as in order to make a decision; ponder
- (intr) to be capable of conscious thoughtman is the only animal that thinks
- to remember; recollectI can't think what his name is
- (intr foll by of) to make the mental choice (of)think of a number
- (may take a clause as object or an infinitive)
- 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
- (intr foll by of) to consider; regardshe thinks of herself as a poet
- (intr) to focus the attention on beingthink thin; think big
- (tr) to bring into or out of a specified condition by thinkingto think away one's fears
- I don't think slang a phrase added to an ironical statementyou're the paragon of virtue, I don't think
- think again to reconsider one's decision, opinion, etc
- think better of
- to change one's mind about (a course of action, decision, etc)
- to have a more favourable opinion of (a person)
- think much of (usually negative) to have a high opinion of
- think nothing of
- to regard as routine, easy, or natural
- to have no compunction or hesitation about
- to have a very low opinion of
- think twice to consider carefully before deciding (about something)
- informal a careful, open-minded assessmentlet's have a fresh think about this problem
- (modifier) informal characterized by or involving thinkers, thinking, or thoughta think session
- you've got another think coming slang you are mistaken and will soon have to alter your opinion
Word Origin and History for thinking
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.
- The act or practice of a person who thinks; thought.
- Characterized by thought or thoughtfulness; rational.
- 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.
Idioms and Phrases with thinking
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.