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To think carefully or a lot about things - thesaurus

Synonyms

consider

verb

to think about something carefully before making a decision or developing an opinion

plan

verb

to think carefully about a series of actions that you need to take in order to achieve something

think out

to consider all the important facts in a situation before deciding or doing something

assess

verb

to carefully consider a situation, person, or problem in order to make a judgment

contemplate

verb

to think very carefully about something for a long time

evaluate

verb

to think carefully about something before making a judgment about its value, importance, or quality

ponder

verb

formal to think carefully about something for a long time before reaching a decision

take something into consideration

to think about a particular fact or detail and allow it to have some influence when you are making a decision

take a long hard look at someone/something

to think about a problem or issue very carefully in order to find out what is wrong or to find a better way of dealing with it

think over

to consider a problem or decision carefully

re-evaluate

verb

to consider something carefully again before making a judgment about it, especially because circumstances have changed

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beat your brains out

to think very seriously about something for a long time

bend your mind/thoughts to something

to start to concentrate on something

be wrapped up in something

to spend so much time doing something or thinking about it that you do not notice anything else

calculate

verb

to make a judgment about what is likely to happen or likely to be true using the available information

chew on

to think about something carefully for a long time, before making a decision about it

chew over

to think about something carefully or discuss it carefully with other people before making a decision about it

chew the cud

informal if you chew the cud, you spend a long time thinking or talking about something

cogitate

verb

formal to think about something carefully and for a long time

compose your thoughts

to think carefully about something before you decide what to say or do

contemplate

verb

to consider doing something in the future

debate

verb

to consider an action or situation carefully before you decide what to do

deliberate

verb

to think about or discuss something very carefully, especially before you make an important decision

dwell on

literary to spend a lot of time thinking or talking about something unpleasant

entertain

verb

formal to consider an idea or feeling and allow it to develop in your mind

give

verb

to spend time thinking about something before you make a decision or judgment about it

give something some thought

to think carefully about something

grapple with

to try hard to understand a difficult idea or to solve a difficult problem

grope

verb

to search for an idea or a way to say or do something without being certain of what you are doing

have a bee in your bonnet (about something)

to think something is very important and think or talk a lot about it, in a way that other people may find annoying

have a think

to think about something carefully

intellectualize

verb

to treat a subject in an intelligent and educated way, often avoiding its emotional or practical aspects

look at

to think about a situation or subject carefully, especially in order to make a decision

meditate

verb

to think about something carefully for a long time

mull over

verb

to think carefully about something over a period of time

muse

verb

to think about something in a careful slow way

play around

to think about all the different possible ways of doing something before you make a decision

put your heads together

to think about a problem or to plan something together with other people

put your thinking cap on

used for telling someone to start thinking about how to do something

puzzle over

to think hard about someone or something for a long time and try to understand them

rationalize

verb

to try to find a reasonable explanation for behavior that does not seem reasonable or appropriate

reason

verb

to have the ability to think in an intelligent way, make sensible decisions, and form clear arguments

reason

verb

formal to make a particular judgment after you have thought about the facts of a situation in an intelligent and sensible way

reason out

to find a successful way of dealing with something by thinking about it

reckon with

to consider something important when you are making plans and so be prepared for it

reconsider

verb

to think again about a decision in order to decide whether you should change it

reexamine

verb

to look at or think about something carefully again

reflect

verb

to think about something carefully

rethink

verb

to consider something such as an idea, plan, or system again in order to change it

revisit

verb

to consider or discuss something again

ruminate

verb

formal to think about something very carefully

run over

to think a lot about something, such as a decision or experience

size up

to think carefully and form an opinion about a person or a situation

sleep on

to wait to make a decision until the next day, after you have rested and had more time to think

step back

to stop for a moment in order to consider something

take account of something/take something into account

to consider something when you are trying to make a decision

take cognizance of something

formal to consider something before you take action or make a decision

take something to heart

to think about something seriously, often so that you become upset by it

take something under advisement

to think carefully about something but not take a decision about it

take stock (of something)

to spend some time thinking about the situation that you are in before you decide what to do next

tell yourself (that)

to make yourself consider something in order to understand it correctly or to persuade yourself that it is true

theorise

a British spelling of theorize

theorize

verb

to develop ideas to explain something

think

verb

to carefully consider facts in order to understand something, make a decision, or solve a problem

think

verb

to consider someone and their needs or situation

think for yourself

to consider facts and make decisions, instead of depending on someone else’s judgment

think through

to consider the facts about something in an organized and thorough way

think twice/again

to carefully consider whether what you are planning to do is a good idea

turn over

to think carefully about all the details of something

use your head

to think carefully in order to understand something or to avoid making a mistake

weigh

verb

to consider all the aspects of a situation carefully before making a decision

wonder

verb

to think about something because you want to know more facts or details about it

wonder

verb

to think about someone or something because you have doubts or are worried about them

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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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