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Meaning of think by Wiktionary Dictionary


    Alternative forms


    • enPR: thĭngk, IPA: /θɪŋk/, X-SAMPA: /TINk/
    • Rhymes: -ɪŋk

    Etymology 1

    Old English þencan


    think ( third-person singular simple present thinks present participle thinking, simple past and past participle thought )

    1. ( transitive ) to ponder, to go over in one's head
      Idly, the detective thought what his next move should be .
    2. ( 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 .
    3. ( intransitive ) to conceive of something or someone ( usually followed by of or on )
      I tend to think of her as rather ugly .
    4. ( transitive ) To be of the opinion ( that ) .
      I think she is pretty, contrary to most people .
    5. ( transitive ) To guess; to reckon .
      I think she’ll pass the examination .
    6. ( transitive ) 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 .
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    think ( usually uncountable; plural: thinks )

    1. An act of thinking; consideration ( of something ) .
      I'll have a think about that and let you know .
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    Etymology 2

    From Old English þyncan .


    think ( obsolete except in archaic methinks )

    1. ( intransitive ) To seem, to appear.


Explanation of think by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. bring into a given condition by mental preoccupation

    2. She thought herself into a state of panic over the final exam
    3. recall knowledge from memory

    4. I can't think what her last name was
    5. be capable of conscious thought

    6. Man is the only creature that thinks
    7. use or exercise the mind or one's power of reason in order to make inferences, decisions, or arrive at a solution or judgments

    8. I've been thinking all day and getting nowhere
    9. have or formulate in the mind

    10. think good thoughts
    11. expect, believe, or suppose

    12. I thought to find her in a bad state
      he didn't think to find her in the kitchen
    13. judge or regard

    14. I think he is very smart
      I think that he is her boyfriend
    15. dispose the mind in a certain way

    16. Do you really think so?
    17. have in mind as a purpose

    18. She didn't think to harm me
      We thought to return early that night
    19. focus one's attention on a certain state

    20. Think big
      think thin
    21. ponder

    22. Think the matter through
      Think how hard life in Russia must be these days
    23. decide by pondering, reasoning, or reflecting

    24. Can you think what to do next?
    25. imagine or visualize

    26. Just think--you could be rich one day!
      Think what a scene it must have been!
    1. an instance of deliberate thinking

    2. I need to give it a good think