v. thought (thôt), think·ing, thinks
1. To have or formulate in the mind: Think the happiest thought you can think.
a. To reason about or reflect on; ponder: Think how complex language is. Think the matter through.
b. To decide by reasoning, reflection, or pondering: thinking what to do.
a. To judge or regard; look upon: I think it only fair.
b. To believe; suppose: always thought he was right.
a. To expect; hope: They thought she'd arrive early.
b. To intend: She thinks to defeat the incumbent in the election.
a. To call to mind; remember: I can't think what her name was.
b. To visualize; imagine: Think what a scene it will be at the reunion.
c. To devise or evolve; invent: thought up a plan to get rich quick.
6. To bring into a given condition by mental preoccupation: He thought himself into a panic over the impending examination.
7. To concentrate one's thoughts on; keep as a point of focus: Think victory.
1. To exercise the power of reason, as by conceiving ideas, drawing inferences, and using judgment: My cold made it difficult to think.
2. To consider or weigh an idea: They are thinking about moving.
a. To bring a thought to mind by using the imagination: No one before had thought of bifocal glasses.
b. To recall a thought or an image to mind: She thought of her childhood when she saw the movie.
4. To have a belief, supposition, or opinion: He thinks of himself as a wit. It's later than you think.
5. To have care or consideration: Think first of the ones you love.
6. To use the mind in a certain way: He thinks just like you do—always worrying.
Requiring much thought to create or assimilate: a think book.
The act or an instance of deliberate or extended thinking; a meditation.
come to think of it Informal
When one considers the matter; on reflection: Come to think of it, that road back there was the one we were supposed to take.
think aloud/out loud
To speak one's thoughts audibly.
think better of
To change one's mind about; reconsider.
To plan ambitiously or on a grand scale.
think little of
To regard as inferior; have a poor opinion of.
think nothing of
To give little consideration to; regard as routine or usual: thought nothing of a 50-mile trip every day.
To weigh something carefully: I'd think twice before spending all that money on clothes.
[Middle English thenken, from Old English thencan; see tong- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
Synonyms: think, cerebrate, cogitate, reason, reflect
These verbs mean to use the powers of the mind, as in conceiving ideas or drawing inferences: thought before answering; sat in front of the fire cerebrating; cogitates about business problems; reasons clearly; took time to reflect before deciding.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright ©2018 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
The American Heritage Dictionary Blog
Check out our blog, updated regularly, for new words and revised definitions, interesting images from the 5th edition, discussions of usage, and more.