think - definition and synonyms


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present tense
present participlethinking
past tensethought
past participlethought
  1. 1
    [transitive] to believe something based on facts or ideas
    think (that):

    What do you think he wants?

    think (that):

    I don’t think there’s a bank in the village.

    be thought to do something:

    Faulty wiring is thought to have caused the fire.

    1. a.
      used for saying that you are not completely certain about something
      I think so:

      ‘Is James coming tonight?’ ‘I think so, but I’m not sure.’

      think (that):

      I think he’s arriving tomorrow.

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to have a particular opinion about someone or something
    think of someone/something as something:

    Nobody seriously thought of him as a candidate for the job.

    think someone something:

    I thought him a very nice young man.

  3. 3
    [intransitive] to carefully consider facts in order to understand something, make a decision, or solve a problem

    Come on, think! There must be a solution.

    Let’s stop and think before we do anything else.

    think about:

    I need to think seriously about their offer.

    think of:

    I’ve got to think of a way to earn more money.

  4. 4
    [intransitive] to remember someone or something
    think of:

    She thought of him often.

    He could never think of the woman’s name.

    think about:

    I often think about the time we spent in Rome.

    think to do something:

    Did you think to ask about the delivery time?

    1. a.
      to consider someone and their needs or situation
      think of:

      It was kind of you to think of our daughter.

      think of yourself:

      It’s clear he was thinking only of himself.

  5. 5
    [intransitive/transitive] to have something in your mind

    I wasn’t worried – I just thought, ‘Why is she doing that?’

    I expect we were all thinking the same thing.

    Were you thinking in terms of the entire test?

    1. a.
      to imagine something
      think of/about:

      Just think of what she’s suffered!

      think that:

      I never thought that I’d end up working here.

    2. b.
      spoken used for telling or helping someone to remember someone or something

      Here’s a clue: Think Liverpool.

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