- When you believe that the sky is blue, this is an example of when you think the sky is blue.
- When you pause to consider your position on an issue, this is an example of when you think about the issue.
- If you believe someone is wrong but you want to say so nicely, this is an example of when you could say "I think you are wrong."
transitive verbthought, think′ing
- to form or have in the mind; conceive: thinking good thoughts
- to hold in one's opinion; judge; consider: many think her charming
- to believe; surmise; expect: they think they can come
- to determine, resolve, work out, etc. by reasoning: think what your next move should be
- Now Rare to purpose; intend: thinking to do right
- to bring to mind; form an idea of: think what the future holds
- to recall; recollect: think what joy was ours
- to have the mind turned steadily toward; have constantly in mind: think success
Origin of thinkfrom Middle English thenchen, to think, confused with thinchen, to seem from Old English thencan from Proto-Germanic an unverified form thankjan, to think: for Indo-European base see thank
- to use the mind for arriving at conclusions, making decisions, drawing inferences, etc.; reflect; reason: learn to think
- to have an opinion, belief, expectation, etc.: I just think so
- to weigh something mentally; reflect: think before you act
- to call to mind; recall; remember: with of or about
- to have an opinion, judgment, etc.: with of or about
- to allow oneself to consider: with of or about
- to have regard for; consider the welfare of: with of or about
- to discover or invent; conceive (of)
think all the world of
think better of
- to form a more favorable opinion of
- to make a more sensible or practical decision about, after reconsidering
think little (or nothing) of
- to attach little (or no) importance, value, etc. to
- to have little (or no) hesitancy about
think nothing of it!
- to think about completely or to the end
- to work out, solve, discover, or plan by thinking
think out loud
Origin of thinkfrom Middle English thinchen, to seem, confused with thenchen, to think: see think
verbthought, think·ing, thinks
- 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.
- To bring into a given condition by mental preoccupation: He thought himself into a panic over the impending examination.
- To concentrate one's thoughts on; keep as a point of focus: Think victory.
- To exercise the power of reason, as by conceiving ideas, drawing inferences, and using judgment: My cold made it difficult to think.
- 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.
- To have a belief, supposition, or opinion: He thinks of himself as a wit. It's later than you think.
- To have care or consideration: Think first of the ones you love.
- To use the mind in a certain way: He thinks just like you do—always worrying.
Origin of thinkMiddle English thenken from Old English thencan ; see tong- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present thinks, present participle thinking, simple past and past participle thought)
- To ponder, to go over in one's head.
- Idly, the detective thought what his next move should be.
- (intransitive) To communicate to oneself in one's mind, to try to find a solution to a problem.
- I thought for three hours about the problem and still couldn't find the solution.
- (intransitive) To conceive of something or someone (usually followed by of; infrequently, by on).
- I tend to think of her as rather ugly.
- To be of the opinion (that).
- I think she is pretty, contrary to most people.
- To guess; to reckon.
- I think she'll pass the examination.
- To consider, judge, regard, or look upon (something) as.
- At the time I thought his adamant refusal to give in right. I hope you won't think me stupid if I ask you what that means.
- To plan; to be considering; to be of a mind (to do something).
- To presume; to venture.
(usually uncountable, plural thinks)
- An act of thinking; consideration (of something).
- I'll have a think about that and let you know.
From Middle English thinken, thynken, thenken, thenchen, from Old English Ã¾encan (“to meditate, cogitate, consider; think, have in mind; suppose, imagine, hold as an opinion or belief; think of, consider, employ the mind on a subject, reason"), from Proto-Germanic *Ã¾ankijanÄ… (“to think, suppose, perceive"), from Proto-Indo-European *tong-, *teng- (“to think, feel, know"). Cognate with Scots think, thynk (“to think"), North Frisian teenk, taanke, tanke, tÃ¥nke (“to think"), Saterland Frisian toanke (“to think"), West Frisian tinke (“to think"), Dutch denken (“to think"), Low German denken (“to think"), dinken, German denken (“to think"), Danish tÃ¦nke (“to think"), Swedish tÃ¤nka (“to think"), Norwegian tenke (“to think"), Icelandic Ã¾ekkja (“to know, recognise, identify, perceive"), Latin tongeÅ (“know").
From Old English Ã¾yncan