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  1. the product of mental activity; that which one thinks: a body of thought.

  2. a single act or product of thinking; idea or notion: to collect one's thoughts.

  1. the act or process of thinking; mental activity: Thought as well as action wearies us.

  2. the capacity or faculty of thinking, reasoning, imagining, etc.: All her thought went into her work.

  3. a consideration or reflection: Thought of death terrified her.

  4. meditation, contemplation, or recollection: deep in thought.

  5. intention, design, or purpose, especially a half-formed or imperfect intention: We had some thought of going.

  6. anticipation or expectation: I had no thought of seeing you here.

  7. consideration, attention, care, or regard: She took no thought of her appearance.

  8. a judgment, opinion, or belief: According to his thought, all violence is evil.

  9. the intellectual activity or the ideas, opinions, etc., characteristic of a particular place, class, or time: Greek thought.

  10. a very small amount; a touch; bit; trifle: The steak is a thought underdone.

Origin of thought

First recorded before 900; Middle English thoght, Old English (ge)thōht; cognate with Dutch gedachte; akin to thank, think1

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[ thawt ]

  1. simple past tense and past participle of think1. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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British Dictionary definitions for thought


/ (θɔːt) /

  1. the past tense and past participle of think

  1. the act or process of thinking; deliberation, meditation, or reflection

  2. a concept, opinion, or idea

  1. philosophical or intellectual ideas typical of a particular time or place: German thought in the 19th century

  2. application of mental attention; consideration: he gave the matter some thought

  3. purpose or intention: I have no thought of giving up

  4. expectation: no thought of reward

  5. a small amount; trifle: you could be a thought more enthusiastic

  6. kindness or regard: he has no thought for his widowed mother

Origin of thought

Old English thōht; related to Old Frisian thochta, Old Saxon, Old High German githācht

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Other Idioms and Phrases with thought


see food for thought; lost in thought; on second thought; penny for your thoughts; perish the thought; train of thought. Also see under think.

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