thought - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    [countable] a word, idea, or image that comes into your mind
    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.

  2. 2
    [uncountable] the mental effort that you make to understand something, to make decisions, or to solve problems

    Deep in thought, he did not hear the doorbell ring.

  3. 3
    [countable] an idea or opinion about something
    thought on/about:

    Do any members want to express their thoughts on this matter?

  4. 4
    [countable/uncountable] a plan or wish to do something
    have no thought of doing something:

    He insists he has no thought of running for office.

  5. 5
    [uncountable] a system of organized ideas about a particular subject or that a particular group of people has

    Greek thought is not taught as much in modern schools.