- the product of mental activity; that which one thinks: a body of thought.
- a single act or product of thinking; idea or notion: to collect one's thoughts.
- the act or process of thinking; mental activity: Thought as well as action wearies us.
- the capacity or faculty of thinking, reasoning, imagining, etc.: All her thought went into her work.
- a consideration or reflection: Thought of death terrified her.
- meditation, contemplation, or recollection: deep in thought.
- intention, design, or purpose, especially a half-formed or imperfect intention: We had some thought of going.
- anticipation or expectation: I had no thought of seeing you here.
- consideration, attention, care, or regard: She took no thought of her appearance.
- a judgment, opinion, or belief: According to his thought, all violence is evil.
- the intellectual activity or the ideas, opinions, etc., characteristic of a particular place, class, or time: Greek thought.
- a very small amount; a touch; bit; trifle: The steak is a thought underdone.
Origin of thought1
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Examples from the Web for thoughts
Do you think that as we get older our thoughts shift to the more abstract, the music, than the definite, the lyrics?Belle & Sebastian Aren’t So Shy Anymore
January 7, 2015
But at this stage, he is either afraid or unable to get carried away by his thoughts.The Lost Novel of Nobel-Winner José Saramago
January 5, 2015
We are no longer sovereigns of our thoughts, comedy and art.The Sony Hack and America’s Craven Capitulation To Terror
December 19, 2014
Like many non-religious people around the world, I use the Internet to express my thoughts.What It’s Like to Be an Atheist in Palestine
Waleed al-Husseini, Movements.Org
December 8, 2014
After processing in everyone else, the cops took him somewhere for a reminder of their thoughts on “rapos.”A Million Ways to Die in Prison
December 8, 2014
With these thoughts was mingled deep pity for the pure-minded and excellent Philæmon.
Another subject attracted her attention and occupied some share of her thoughts.
Philothea had listened so earnestly, that for a moment all other thoughts were expelled from her mind.
Thoughts of crossing the stream by swimming occurred to him.Brave and Bold
"I wish it would," she said, gently, and then went on with her own thoughts while he was silent.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
- the past tense and past participle of think
- the act or process of thinking; deliberation, meditation, or reflection
- a concept, opinion, or idea
- philosophical or intellectual ideas typical of a particular time or placeGerman thought in the 19th century
- application of mental attention; considerationhe gave the matter some thought
- purpose or intentionI have no thought of giving up
- expectationno thought of reward
- a small amount; trifleyou could be a thought more enthusiastic
- kindness or regardhe has no thought for his widowed mother
Word Origin and History for thoughts
Old English þoht, geþoht, from stem of þencan "to conceive of in the mind, consider" (see think). Cognate with the second element in German Gedächtnis "memory," Andacht "attention, devotion," Bedacht "consideration, deliberation." Second thought "later consideration" is recorded from 1640s. Thought-crime is from "Nineteen Eighty-Four" (1949); thought police is attested from 1946, originally in reference to pre-war Japanese Special Higher Police (Tokubetsu Koto Keisatsu).
- The act or the process of thinking; cogitation.
- A product of thinking, such as an idea.
- The faculty of thinking or reasoning.
Idioms and Phrases with thoughts
see food for thought; lost in thought; on second thought; penny for your thoughts; perish the thought; train of thought. Also see under think.