- The definition of thought is the act of thinking, or the outcome of mental activity.
- An example of thought is to be deeply concentrating on how to figure out a problem.
- An example of thought is an idea on how to solve a problem.
- Thought is the past tense of the word think which means to conceive in the mind.
An example of thought is a lesson that a teacher imagined would work before she put it into play.
- the act or process of thinking; reflection; meditation; cogitation
- the power of reasoning, or of conceiving ideas; capacity for thinking; intellect; imagination
- a result of thinking; idea, concept, opinion, etc.
- the ideas, principles, opinions, etc. prevalent at a given time or place or among a given people: modern thought in education
- attention; consideration; heed: give it a moment's thought
- mental engrossment; preoccupation; concentration: deep in thought
- intention or expectation: no thought of leaving
Origin of thoughtMiddle English thouht from Old English thoht from Proto-Germanic an unverified form thanht, preterit of an unverified form thankjan (from source Old English thencan: see think)
- The process of thinking; cogitation: sitting deep in thought at the computer.
- A product of thinking or other mental activity: What are your thoughts on this matter? See Synonyms at idea.
- The faculty of thinking or reasoning: Why not use thought instead of emotion to solve the problem?
- The intellectual activity or production of a particular time or group: ancient Greek thought; deconstructionist thought.
- Consideration; attention: didn't give much thought to what she said.
- a. Intention; purpose: My thought is to live in a house on a lake.b. Expectation or conception: She had no thought that anything was wrong.
Origin of thoughtMiddle English from Old English gethōht, thōht ; see tong- in Indo-European roots.
- Simple past tense and past participle of think.
From Middle English thought, ithoÈt, from Old English Ã¾Åht, Ä¡eÃ¾Åht (“process of thinking, thought; mind; a thought, idea, purpose; decree; compassion, viscera") and geÃ¾eaht (“thought, consideration, counsel, advice, direction; design, contrivance, scheme; council, assembly"), from Proto-Germanic *Ã¾anhtaz, *gaÃ¾anhtÄ… (“thought"), from Proto-Indo-European *tong-, *tonÇµ- (“to think"). Cognate with Scots thocht (“thought"), West Frisian oandacht (“attention, regard, thought"), Dutch gedachte (“thought"), German Andacht (“reverence, devotion, prayer"), Icelandic Ã¾Ã³ttur (“thought").