• enPR: thĭngk, IPA: /θɪŋk/
  • (Appalachian) IPA: [θæŋk]

think (thinks, present participle thinking; 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.
    • 1908, W[illiam] B[lair] M[orton] Ferguson, chapter IV, in Zollenstein, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 731476803 ↗:
      So this was my future home, I thought! Certainly it made a brave picture. I had seen similar ones fired-in on many a Heidelberg stein. Backed by towering hills, […] a sky of palest Gobelin flecked with fat, fleecy little clouds, it in truth looked a dear little city; the city of one's dreams.
  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; infrequently, by on).
    I tend to think of her as rather ugly.
  4. (transitive) To be of opinion (that); 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.
    I think she is pretty, contrary to most people.
    • 1865, Henry David Thoreau, Cape Cod, Chapter IX. "The Sea and the Desert", page 182.
      […] one man showed me a young oak which he had transplanted from behind the town, thinking it an apple-tree.
  5. (transitive) To guess; to reckon.
    I think she’ll pass the examination.
  6. To plan; to be considering; to be of a mind (to do something).
    • , Sir Walter Scott, Ivanhoe
      The cupbearer shrugged up his shoulders in displeasure. "I thought to have lodged him in the solere chamber," said he […]
  7. To presume; to venture.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Matthew 3:9 ↗:
      Think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father.
  • (ponder) seeSynonyms en
  • (communicate to oneself in one's mind) seeSynonyms en
  • (be of the opinion (that)) seeSynonyms en
  • (guess, reckon) guess seeSynonyms en
  • (consider, judge, regard something as) seeSynonyms en
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think (uncountable)

  1. (chiefly, UK) An act of thinking; consideration (of something).
    I'll have a think about that and let you know.
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think (thinks, present participle thinking; past thought, past participle thought)

  1. (obsolete except in methinks) To seem, to appear.
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, [;view=fulltext chapter v], in Le Morte Darthur, book XV:
      And whanne syr launcelot sawe he myghte not ryde vp in to the montayne / he there alyghte vnder an Appel tree / […] / And then he leid hym doune to slepe / And thenne hym thoughte there came an old man afore hym / the whiche sayd A launcelot of euylle feythe and poure byleue / wherfor is thy wille tourned soo lyghtely toward thy dedely synne

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