think1 /θɪŋk/USA pronunciation
v., thought/θɔt/USA pronunciationthink•ing,n.
[not: be + ~-ing;
no object] to have a conscious mind that can reason, remember, and make decisions:Descartes said, "I think, therefore I am,'' meaning that the capacity to think was central to what it means to be human.
[no object] to use one's mind in a reasoning way to make a decision about a given situation:Think carefully before you act.
to have a certain thing as the subject of one's thoughts: [no object]I was thinking about college the other day.[~ + (that) clause]I was thinking that our college days were the best years of our lives.[used with quotations]"That's odd,'' Alice thought.[~ + object]Think nice thoughts and go to sleep.
[~ + of + object] to call something to one's conscious mind:to think of others less fortunate than we are.
to consider a possible action or plan: [no object]thinking about cutting her hair.[~ + (that) clause]We think that we'll go back to Ithaca some day.
[~ + of + object] to invent or conceive of something:to think of a plan.
[not: be + ~-ing; ~ + (that) clause] to have a belief or opinion:I think she is funny.
to consider a person or thing as indicated: [~ + adjective + of + object]I only think well of her.[~ + object + adjective]He thought me unkind.[~ + object + noun]She thought him a total fool.
[~ + to + verb] to anticipate or expect:I did not think to call you; I know I should have.
think over, to evaluate for possible action: [~ + object + over]Think the deal over and call us tomorrow.[~ + over + object]Think over her offer.
think through or out, to solve by thinking; come up with something by thinking: [~ + through/out + object]to think through a problem.[~ + object + through/out]to think a problem through.
think up, to invent; devise;
come up with: [~ + up + object]I couldn't think up a better excuse.[~ + object + up]to think something up.
Informal Termsthe act or a period of thinking:First, give it a good think.
think•er, n. [countable]
- Idiomsthink better of, [~ + object] to reconsider:He was all set to yell at her, but then he thought better of it and kept quiet.
- Idiomsthink fit, [no object] to believe or consider (something) to be proper or appropriate:Do as you think fit; I trust your judgment.
- Idiomsthink little or nothing of, [~ + little/nothing + of + object] to believe (something) to be not worthy of notice;
belittle or disparage:thinks nothing of bicycling 20 miles.
- Idiomsthink the world of, [~ + object] to like or admire greatly:Her father thinks the world of her.
- Idiomsthink twice, to consider carefully before acting:urged him to think twice about going to Hanoi.