Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To have or formulate in the mind.
  • transitive v. To reason about or reflect on; ponder: Think how complex language is. Think the matter through.
  • transitive v. To decide by reasoning, reflection, or pondering: thinking what to do.
  • transitive v. To judge or regard; look upon: I think it only fair.
  • transitive v. To believe; suppose: always thought he was right.
  • transitive v. To expect; hope: They thought she'd arrive early.
  • transitive v. To intend: They thought they'd take their time.
  • transitive v. To call to mind; remember: I can't think what her name was.
  • transitive v. To visualize; imagine: Think what a scene it will be at the reunion.
  • transitive v. To devise or evolve; invent: thought up a plan to get rich quick.
  • transitive v. To bring into a given condition by mental preoccupation: He thought himself into a panic over the impending examination.
  • transitive v. To concentrate one's thoughts on: "Think languor” ( Diana Vreeland).
  • intransitive v. To exercise the power of reason, as by conceiving ideas, drawing inferences, and using judgment.
  • intransitive v. To weigh or consider an idea: They are thinking about moving.
  • intransitive v. To bring a thought to mind by imagination or invention: No one before had thought of bifocal glasses.
  • intransitive v. To recall a thought or an image to mind: She thought of her childhood when she saw the movie.
  • intransitive v. To believe; suppose: He thinks of himself as a wit. It's later than you think.
  • intransitive v. To have care or consideration: Think first of the ones you love.
  • intransitive v. To dispose the mind in a given way: Do you think so?
  • adj. Informal Requiring much thought to create or assimilate: a think book.
  • n. The act or an instance of deliberate or extended thinking; a meditation.
  • idiom come to think of it Informal When one considers the matter; on reflection: Come to think of it, that road back there was the one we were supposed to take.
  • idiom aloud To speak one's thoughts audibly.
  • idiom think better of To change one's mind about; reconsider.
  • idiom think big To plan ambitiously or on a grand scale.
  • idiom think little of To regard as inferior; have a poor opinion of.
  • idiom think nothing of To give little consideration to; regard as routine or usual: thought nothing of a 50-mile trip every day.
  • idiom think twice To weigh something carefully: I'd think twice before spending all that money on clothes.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. to ponder, to go over in one's head
  • v. To communicate to oneself in one's mind, to try to find a solution to a problem.
  • v. to conceive of something or someone (usually followed by of; infrequently, by on)
  • v. To be of the opinion (that).
  • v. To guess; to reckon.
  • v. To consider, judge, regard, or look upon (something) as.
  • v. To plan; to be considering; to be of a mind (to do something).
  • n. An act of thinking; consideration (of something).
  • v. To seem, to appear.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To seem or appear; -- used chiefly in the expressions methinketh or methinks, and methought.
  • transitive v. To employ any of the intellectual powers except that of simple perception through the senses; to exercise the higher intellectual faculties.
  • transitive v.
  • transitive v. To call anything to mind; to remember.
  • transitive v. To reflect upon any subject; to muse; to meditate; to ponder; to consider; to deliberate.
  • transitive v. To form an opinion by reasoning; to judge; to conclude; to believe.
  • transitive v. To purpose; to intend; to design; to mean.
  • transitive v. To presume; to venture.
  • transitive v. To conceive; to imagine.
  • transitive v. To plan or design; to plot; to compass.
  • transitive v. To believe; to consider; to esteem.
  • n. Act of thinking; a thought.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To judge; say to one's self mentally; form as a judgment or conception.
  • To form a mental image of; imagine: often equivalent to recollect; recall; consider.
  • To cognize; apprehend; grasp intellectually.
  • To judge problematically; form a conception of (something) in the mind and recognize it as possibly true, without decidedly assenting to it as such.
  • To purpose; intend; mean; contemplate; have in mind (to do): usually followed by an infinitive clause as the object.
  • To hold as a belief or opinion; opine; believe; consider.
  • To feel: as, to think scorn.
  • To modify (an immediate object of cognition) at will; operate on by thought (in a specified way).
  • To devise; plan; project.
  • To solve by process of thought: as, to think out a chess problem.
  • To exercise the intellect, as in apprehension, judgment, or inference; exercise the cognitive faculties in any way not involving outward observation, or the passive reception of ideas from other minds.
  • To imagine: followed by of or on.
  • To attend (on); fasten the mind (on): followed by of.
  • To entertain a sentiment or opinion (in a specified way): with of: as, to think highly of a person's abilities.
  • To have a (specified) feeling (for); be affected (toward); especially, to have a liking or fondness: followed by of.
  • To think the time long; become weary or impatient, especially in waiting for something.
  • Synonyms To contemplate, reason.
  • n. A thinking; thought.
  • To seem; appear: with indirect object (dative).
  • To seem good.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an instance of deliberate thinking
  • v. be capable of conscious thought
  • v. have in mind as a purpose
  • v. focus one's attention on a certain state
  • v. dispose the mind in a certain way
  • v. recall knowledge from memory; have a recollection
  • v. judge or regard; look upon; judge
  • v. bring into a given condition by mental preoccupation
  • v. imagine or visualize
  • v. ponder; reflect on, or reason about
  • v. use or exercise the mind or one's power of reason in order to make inferences, decisions, or arrive at a solution or judgments
  • v. have or formulate in the mind
  • v. expect, believe, or suppose
  • v. decide by pondering, reasoning, or reflecting

Etymologies

Middle English thenken, from Old English thencan; see tong- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English thinken, thynken, thenken, thenchen, from Old English þencan ("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 *þankijanan (“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, tånke ("to think"), Saterland Frisian toanke ("to think"), West Frisian tinke ("to think"), Dutch denken ("to think"), Low German denken ("to think"), German denken ("to think"), Danish tænke ("to think"), Swedish tänka ("to think"), Norwegian tenke ("to think"), Icelandic þekkja ("to know, recognise, identify, perceive"), Latin tongō ("know"). (Wiktionary)
From Old English þyncan. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I think we sometimes work against ourselves, about this issue of who we * think* will win.

    Poll: Hillary Doesn't Have To Apologize For 2002 Iraq Vote

  • I think this little Anglophobic historian really wants to * think* about the families of those SAS lads - that died trying to prevent an all-out 'regional carnage' when they attempted to destroy those Skud missile sites - and then Roberts should just shut up.

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

  • I think that a long haired Dachshund is about the cutest thing ever and I *think* a Dachshund won't shed, yes?

    I've never had a dog.

  • I can't speak for Ann, but I don't think the concern for me is about what people may *do* but what they may *think*.

    Do you worry about what black people will think if Barack Obama loses?

  • Twitter in that regards I think fails and I *think*, in retrospect, maybe this was what @downes tried to get at with his “twitter is closed” comments months ago, but maybe not.

    What is a PLN? Or, PLE vs. PLN? « open thinking

  • I think Lawyer Mama and other's question about how we become "less" self conscious is a really good one, and I *think* I know why.

    The Way We Were

  • I think a good response to “Why are you so focused on Lieberman?” would be “Why do you *think*?”

    Firedoglake » Clueless

  • "When I think," he continued, "when I _think_ of how close you three space brats came to getting kicked out of the Academy --"

    Sabotage in Space

  • '_I have made him think, I have made him think_,' he repeats gleefully; and, sure of his point, he delights in having held our attention so intently as to cause us to debate the issue with ourselves.

    The Book-Hunter at Home

  • "I think," said Christopher, considering hard and speaking with slow deliberation, "I _think_, only it is so preposterously silly, that I came to see you, or perhaps it was Cæsar or Nevil if it were not Max."

    Christopher Hibbault, Roadmaker

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