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noun     thought pronunciation in American English
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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.

    a thought crosses/enters someone’s mind:

    The thought had crossed my mind that we were taking a big risk.

    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 stand the thought of seeing him again.

    someone’s thoughts wander (=they think about something else):

    When she tried to consider the problem, her thoughts wandered.

    the thought strikes someone (=they suddenly think something):

    The thought struck him that maybe they were trying to cheat him.

    someone’s thoughts race (=are out of control):

    I tried to be calm, but my thoughts were racing.

  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 question?

  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

    Darwin’s theory dominates biological thought as much today as ever.

  6. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    give thought to doing something to consider or plan on doing something

    It emerged that the actor, singer and wrestler known as "The Rock" was giving thought to running for president.

    Submitted by Boris Marchenko from Russian Federation on 11/05/2017
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to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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Dunning-Kruger effect

the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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