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think /θɪŋk/ verb (past tense and past participle thought /θɔːt $ θɒːt/)

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think
(Informal)
[verb]
Synonyms:
- believe, consider, deem, estimate, imagine, judge, reckon, regard, suppose
- ponder, cerebrate, cogitate, contemplate, deliberate, meditate, muse, reason, reflect, ruminate
Related Idioms: put on one's thinking cap, set one's brain to work, use one's head, use the old bean
Related Words: consider, contemplate, study, weigh, appreciate, comprehend, understand, cerebrate, ideate, conjecture, guess, surmise, estimate, regard, brood, meditate, mull, muse, ponder, ruminate, intellectualize, logicalize, logicize, rationalize, conclude, deduce, infer, judge
English Thesaurus: think, consider, weigh, give something some/a lot of thought, mull something over, ...

[TahlilGaran] English Synonym Dictionary

I. think1 S1 W1 /θɪŋk/ verb (past tense and past participle thought /θɔːt $ θɒːt/)
[Word Family: noun: think, rethink, thinker, thinking, the unthinkable; verb: think, rethink; adjective: thinkableunthinkable, thinkingunthinking; adverb: unthinkingly]
[Language: Old English; Origin: thencan]

1. OPINION/BELIEF [transitive] to have a particular opinion or to believe that something is true
think (that)
I think that you’re being unfair.
I thought I heard something.
He didn’t think anyone would believe him.
Do you think I should call him?
For some reason, I keep thinking it’s Friday today.
The recession lasted longer than anyone thought it would.
Am I right in thinking that you have a brother?
I can’t help thinking that he’s made a mistake.
Do you honestly think I would do something so stupid?
what do you think of/about somebody/something? (=used to ask someone for their opinion)
What do you think of your new school?
think it necessary/possible/best etc (=believe it is necessary, possible etc)
I thought it best to call first.
I thought it appropriate to invite her to speak at the meeting.
We must start thinking in terms of reducing costs.
be thought to be (doing) something (=be believed to be (doing) something)
Fraud is thought to be costing software companies millions of dollars a year.

2. USE YOUR MIND [intransitive and transitive] to use your mind to decide about something, form an opinion, imagine something etc:
She thought very carefully before answering.
Wait a minute – I’m thinking.
think about/of
She lay awake thinking about the money.
think what/how/when etc
I can’t think what else we could have done.
think (long and) hard (=think for a long time)
She thought very hard before deciding to leave her job.
Holmes sat thinking deeply (=thinking in a serious and careful way).
I dread/shudder/hate to think (=I do not want to think about something because it will be unpleasant)
I dread to think how much this call is going to cost.

3. HAVE AN IDEA [transitive] to have words or ideas in your mind without telling them to anyone:
‘How strange!’ he thought.
‘I don’t care!’ she thought to herself.
It was impossible to know what he was thinking.
think what/how/when etc
I was just thinking what a lovely time we had yesterday.

4. REMEMBER [transitive] to remember something
think where/what etc
He was trying to think where he’d seen her before.
I couldn’t think where I’d left my keys.

5. CONSIDER SOMEBODY/SOMETHING [intransitive and transitive] to consider that someone or something is a particular thing or has a particular quality
think of somebody/something as something
Peter had always thought of Kate as someone to be avoided.
I want you to think of this as your home.
think of yourself as something
I’ve always thought of myself as a sensible person.
think somebody (to be) something
My parents never thought me capable of doing a degree.
We have good reason to think kindly of (=consider in an approving way) a school that has provided all our children with an excellent education.

6. think of/about doing something to consider the possibility of doing something:
I had never thought of becoming an actor.
We did think about moving to Tokyo.
Don’t even think about calling him (=used to tell someone strongly not to do something).

7. think twice to think very carefully before deciding to do something, because you know about the dangers or problems:
A visible alarm makes burglars think twice.
think twice about
A previous divorce can make you think twice about getting married again.
think twice before doing something/before you do something
I’d think twice before taking out such a large loan.

8. think again to think carefully about a plan, decision, idea etc, especially with the result that you change your mind or do something differently:
If you think car crime can’t happen to you, think again.
think again about
Universities may be forced to think again about the courses they provide.


SPOKEN PHRASES

9. I think used when you are saying that you believe something is true, although you are not sure:
Mary is in the garden, I think.
I don’t think Ray will mind.
‘Do you understand what I mean?’ ‘Yes, I think so.’
‘Haven’t we met before?’ 'I don’t think so.’
I thought he was honest, but I was wrong.

10. I think I’ll ... used to say what you will probably do:
I think I’ll go to bed early tonight.

11. I thought (that) used when you are politely suggesting something to do:
I thought we’d go swimming tomorrow.
I thought we could meet for lunch.

12. I would think (also I would have thought, I should think/I should have thought British English) used when you are saying that you believe something is probably true:
We’ll need about 10 bottles of wine, I should think.
I would have thought it would be better to wait a while.

13. you would have thought (that) (also you would think (that)) used to say that you expect something to be true, although it is not:
You would have thought the school would do more to help a child like Craig.

14. do you think (that) ...?
a) used when you are asking someone politely to do something for you:
Do you think you could help me move these boxes?
b) used to ask someone’s opinion:
Do you think I need to bring a jacket?

15. who/what etc do you think?
a) used to ask someone’s opinion:
Who do you think will win?
b) used when asking someone angrily about something:
Where do you think you’re going?

16. I think not formal used to say that you strongly believe something is not true or that you disagree with someone:
This could be a coincidence, but I think not.

17. (just) think used to ask someone to imagine or consider something:
Just think – we could be millionaires!
(just) think of
It would be lovely, but think of the expense!
just think what/how etc
Just think what could have happened.

18. (now I) come to think of it used to mention something you have just realized or remembered:
‘Were there any letters for me?’ ‘Yes there were, come to think of it.’

19. I wasn’t thinking (also I didn’t think) used as a way of saying you are sorry because you have upset someone:
Sorry, I shouldn’t have said that. I wasn’t thinking.

20. to think (that) ...! used to show that you are very surprised about something:
To think we lived next door to him and never knew what he was doing!

21. if you think ..., you’ve got another think coming! used to tell someone that if they think someone is going to do something, they are wrong:
If you think I’m going to wait for you, you’ve got another think coming!

22. that’s what you/they etc think! used to say that you strongly disagree with someone

23. who would have thought? used to say that something is very surprising:
Who would have thought she’d end up dancing for a living?

24. I thought as much used to say that you are not surprised by something someone tells you:
‘Andy failed his driving test.’ ‘I thought as much when I saw his face.’

25. I should have thought ... British English used as a polite or joking way of showing that you disagree with what someone has said or think it is silly:
‘Why isn’t it working?’ ‘I should have thought it was obvious.’

26. think better of it to not do something that you had planned to do, because you realize that it is not a good idea:
He started to say something, then thought better of it.

27. think nothing of doing something to think that a particular activity is normal or easy, even though other people think it is unusual or difficult:
He thinks nothing of staying up all night in casinos.

28. think nothing of something to think that something is not important and then realize later that it is important:
I had a pain in my back but thought nothing of it at the time.

29. not think to do something to not consider doing something, especially when you later wish you had done it:
I didn’t think to question the treatment I was given.
I never thought to ask him for his address.

30. think for yourself to have ideas and thoughts of your own rather than believing what other people say:
Parents have to teach their children to think for themselves.

31. think aloud (also think out loud) to say what you are thinking, without talking to anyone in particular:
Oh, sorry. I was thinking aloud.

32. think straight [usually in negatives] to think clearly:
I’m so nervous I can’t think straight.
How can I think straight with you talking all the time?

33. not think much of somebody/something to not like someone or something very much:
I didn’t think much of his new girlfriend.

34. think highly of somebody/something (also think a lot of somebody/something) to admire or respect someone or something:
Your boss must think highly of you if she gives you so much responsibility.

35. think the world of somebody informal to like or love someone very much:
The children think the world of her.

36. think badly of somebody (also think less of somebody) formal to disapprove of someone or what they have done:
Please don’t think badly of me.
think badly of somebody for
Do you think less of me for agreeing to do it?

37. think the best/worst of somebody to consider someone’s behaviour in a way that makes them seem as good as possible or as bad as possible:
He’s determined to think the worst of me.

38. think big informal to plan to do things that are difficult, but will be very impressive, make a lot of profit etc:
The company is thinking big.

39. think outside the box to think of new, different, or unusual ways of doing something, especially in business

40. think positive/positively to believe that you are going to be successful or that good things are going to happen:
You have to think positive if you’re going to be successful in this game.

41. think on your feet to think of ideas and make decisions very quickly:
In this job you need to be able to think on your feet.

42. think to do something literary to try to do something:
They had thought to deceive me.

43. anyone would think (that) used to say that someone behaves as if a particular thing were true, although it is not:
Anyone would think he owns the place, the way he talks!
can’t hear yourself think at hear(12)

[TahlilGaran] Dictionary of Contemporary English

II. think2 noun
[Word Family: noun: think, rethink, thinker, thinking, the unthinkable; verb: think, rethink; adjective: thinkableunthinkable, thinkingunthinking; adverb: unthinkingly]
have a think British English to think about a problem or question:
I’ll have a think and let you know.

[TahlilGaran] Dictionary of Contemporary English

think
noun
ADJ. long | hard
VERB + THINK give sth, have
PREP. ~ about I've had a long, hard think about it.

[TahlilGaran] Collocations Dictionary

think
verb
I. have an opinion
ADV. really | personally I personally think it's all been a lot of fuss over nothing.
honestly Did you honestly think I would agree to that?
never I never thought you would carry out your threat.
VERB + THINK be inclined to I'm inclined to think we've been a little harsh on her.
PREP. about I still don't know what he really thinks about it.
of What did you think of the film?

[TahlilGaran] Collocations Dictionary

think
II. have an idea
ADV. suddenly
PREP. of I suddenly thought of a way I could help.

[TahlilGaran] Collocations Dictionary

think
III. consider/reflect
ADV. carefully, deeply, (long and) hard She thought long and hard before accepting his offer.
fleetingly | rationally He seemed to have lost the ability to think rationally.
frantically What can I do now? he thought frantically.
contemptuously, despairingly, dully, glumly, grimly, guiltily, indignantly, irritably, miserably, resentfully | ruefully, wistfully, wryly
VERB + THINK dread to, hate to, shudder to, tremble to I hate to think what would have happened if we hadn't arrived.
PREP. about Think about what you are going to do next.
of I often think of Jane.

[TahlilGaran] Collocations Dictionary

think

carefully
Think carefully about every spending decision you make.
hard (=with a lot of mental effort)
I bet, if you think really hard, you can think of something to do.
deeply
I should have thought more deeply before I agreed.
seriously
I thought seriously about my doctor’s advice.
clearly
She was simply too tired to think clearly.
long and hard (=hard, for a long time, before making a decision)
I thought long and hard about taking the role.
I dread/hate/shudder to think (=I do not want to think about something bad)
I dread to think what might have happened if we hadn’t found her.

[TahlilGaran] Collocations Dictionary

think
verb
1.
BAD: I was thinking if you would like to have lunch before visiting the museum.
GOOD: I was wondering if you would like to have lunch before visiting the museum.

Usage Note:
To introduce a polite request or invitation, use I was wondering if/whether : 'I was wondering if you'd like to play tennis on Saturday.' 'Sally was wondering whether you could give her some advice.'

2.
BAD: We should spend more time thinking why people do such terrible things.
GOOD: We should spend more time thinking about why people do such terrible things.
BAD: While she was away, he often thought on her.
GOOD: While she was away, he often thought about her.

Usage Note:
think about sb/sth (= give a lot of thought to): 'She's worried about her father and can't stop thinking about him.' 'Have you ever thought about what you'd like to do for a living?' 'You look serious - what're you thinking about?'

3.
BAD: He's thinking to make another trip to Italy next month.
GOOD: He's thinking about making another trip to Italy next month.
BAD: We're thinking on going to the beach after lunch.
GOOD: We're thinking of going to the beach after lunch.

Usage Note:
When you are talking about possible future actions, use think about/of doing sth : 'They're thinking of starting their own health food business.' 'We're thinking about going to Disneyworld again next year.'

4.
BAD: He advised me to think deeply about it before making a decision.
GOOD: He advised me to think seriously about it before making a decision.

Usage Note:
think seriously/carefully (NOT deeply ) (about sth ), especially before making a decision: 'The job has a lot of attractions and in my opinion you should think seriously about it.'

5.
BAD: Some foreigners are thinking the Japanese are rich.
GOOD: Some foreigners think the Japanese are rich.

6.
BAD: I think she didn't understand what you said.
GOOD: I don't think she understood what you said.

Usage Note:
Do not think (that) is more usual than think (that) ... not . This applies to believe, imagine, suppose, feel etc: 'I don't imagine they'll be coming after all.' 'I don't suppose you could give me a lift?'

[TahlilGaran] Dictionary of Common Errors

think
θɪŋk
See: come to think of it

[TahlilGaran] English Idioms Dictionary


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