1 [countable] a word, idea, or image that comes into your mind
a comforting/sobering/chilling thought
thought of: His mind was filled with thoughts of revenge.
a thought comes/occurs to someone: Another thought came to me about the new house.
A sudden thought occurred to him, just as he was leaving.
the thought strikes someone (=they suddenly think something): The thought struck him that maybe they were trying to cheat him.
a thought crosses/enters someone’s mind: The thought had crossed my mind that we were taking a big risk.
someone’s thoughts wander (=they think about something else): When she tried to consider the problem, her thoughts wandered.
someone’s thoughts race (=are out of control): I tried to be calm, but my thoughts were racing.
read someone’s thoughts (=know what someone is thinking): ‘How about a cup of coffee?’ she said, reading my thoughts.
the thought of: She couldn’t bear the thought of seeing him again.
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