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Meaning of thought by Wiktionary Dictionary


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    From Middle English thought, ithoȝt, from Old English þōht, ġeþōht ( “process of thinking, thought; mind; a thought, idea, purpose; decree; compassion, viscera” ) and geþeaht ( “thought, consideration, counsel, advice, direction; design, contrivance, scheme; council, assembly” ), from Proto-Germanic *þanhtaz, *gaþanhtan ( “thought” ), from Proto-Indo-European *tong-, *tonǵ- ( “to think” ). Cognate with Scots thocht ( “thought” ), West Frisian oandacht ( “attention, regard, thought” ), Dutch gedachte ( “thought” ), German Andacht ( “reverence, devotion, prayer” ), Icelandic þóttur ( “thought” ) .


    • ( UK ) IPA: /θɔːt/, X-SAMPA: /TO:t/
    • Rhymes: -ɔːt
    • ( US ) IPA: /θɔt/, X-SAMPA: /TOt/
    • ( cot–caught merger, Northern Cities Vowel Shift ) IPA: /θɑt/, X-SAMPA: /TAt/


    thought ( plural: thoughts )

    1. form created in the mind, rather than the forms perceived through the five senses; an instance of thinking .
    2. ( uncountable ) the process by which such forms arise or are manipulated; thinking .
      The only reason some people get lost in thought is because it’s unfamiliar territory. —Paul Fix
    3. way of thinking ( associated with a group, nation or region ) .
      "Eastern thought" .


Explanation of thought by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. the process of using your mind to consider something carefully

    2. she paused for thought
    3. the content of cognition

    4. the thought never entered my mind
    5. a personal belief or judgment that is not founded on proof or certainty

    6. what are your thoughts on Haiti?
    7. the organized beliefs of a period or group or individual

    8. 19th century thought
      Darwinian thought