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think

Definitions

  • WHAT EVERYBODY THINKS
    WHAT EVERYBODY THINKS
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v think bring into a given condition by mental preoccupation "She thought herself into a state of panic over the final exam"
    • v think recall knowledge from memory; have a recollection "I can't remember saying any such thing","I can't think what her last name was","can you remember her phone number?","Do you remember that he once loved you?","call up memories"
    • v think be capable of conscious thought "Man is the only creature that thinks"
    • v think use or exercise the mind or one's power of reason in order to make inferences, decisions, or arrive at a solution or judgments "I've been thinking all day and getting nowhere"
    • v think have or formulate in the mind "think good thoughts"
    • v think expect, believe, or suppose "I imagine she earned a lot of money with her new novel","I thought to find her in a bad state","he didn't think to find her in the kitchen","I guess she is angry at me for standing her up"
    • v think judge or regard; look upon; judge "I think he is very smart","I believe her to be very smart","I think that he is her boyfriend","The racist conceives such people to be inferior"
    • v think dispose the mind in a certain way "Do you really think so?"
    • v think have in mind as a purpose "I mean no harm","I only meant to help you","She didn't think to harm me","We thought to return early that night"
    • v think focus one's attention on a certain state "Think big","think thin"
    • v think ponder; reflect on, or reason about "Think the matter through","Think how hard life in Russia must be these days"
    • v think decide by pondering, reasoning, or reflecting "Can you think what to do next?"
    • v think imagine or visualize "Just think--you could be rich one day!","Think what a scene it must have been!"
    • n think an instance of deliberate thinking "I need to give it a good think"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Sang So Loud You Would Think he Would Split Hisself 333 Sang So Loud You Would Think he Would Split Hisself 333
"BIDDY, I FEEL ILL, AND I THINK I'LL GO TO BED." "BIDDY, I FEEL ILL, AND I THINK I'LL GO TO BED."
"I would be strikin' as Mercury, but I think I would be at my best as Apollo." "I would be strikin' as Mercury, but I think I would be at my best as Apollo."
TO THINK IT OVER SHE WENT INTO THE WOOD TO THINK IT OVER SHE WENT INTO THE WOOD
Si Thinks It over 057 Si Thinks It over 057
Duchess thinks she swallowed the tin Duchess thinks she swallowed the tin
"HE STARTED UP, THINKING OF THE FARM AT HOME" "HE STARTED UP, THINKING OF THE FARM AT HOME"
And what do you think of Lloyd George And what do you think of Lloyd George

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: IBM's motto is "Think". Apple later made their motto "Think different".
    • n Think Act of thinking; a thought. "If you think that I'm finished, you've got another think coming!"
    • Think To believe; to consider; to esteem. "Nor think superfluous other's aid."
    • Think To call anything to mind; to remember; as, I would have sent the books, but I did not think of it.
    • Think To conceive; to imagine. "The strong, by conceiting themselves weak, are therebly rendered as inactive . . . as if they really were so.""One of two bad ways you must conceit me,
      Either a coward or a flatterer."
      "Charity . . . thinketh no evil."
    • Think To employ any of the intellectual powers except that of simple perception through the senses; to exercise the higher intellectual faculties. "For that I am
      I know, because I think ."
    • Think To form an opinion by reasoning; to judge; to conclude; to believe; as, I think it will rain to-morrow.
    • Think To plan or design; to plot; to compass. "So little womanhood
      And natural goodness, as to think the death
      Of her own son."
    • Think To presume; to venture.
    • Think To purpose; to intend; to design; to mean.
    • Think To reflect upon any subject; to muse; to meditate; to ponder; to consider; to deliberate.
    • Think To seem or appear; -- used chiefly in the expressions methinketh or methinks, and methought.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Males, on average, think about sex every 7 seconds.
    • think To judge; say to one's self mentally; form as a judgment or conception.
    • think To form a mental image of; imagine: often equivalent to recollect; recall; consider.
    • think To cognize; apprehend; grasp intellectually.
    • think To judge problematically; form a conception of (something) in the mind and recognize it as possibly true, without decidedly assenting to it as such.
    • think To purpose; intend; mean; contemplate; have in mind (to do): usually followed by an infinitive clause as the object.
    • think To hold as a belief or opinion; opine; believe; consider.
    • think To feel: as, to think scorn.
    • think To modify (an immediate object of cognition) at will; operate on by thought (in a specified way).
    • think To devise; plan; project.
    • think To solve by process of thought: as, to think out a chess problem.
    • think To exercise the intellect, as in apprehension, judgment, or inference; exercise the cognitive faculties in any way not involving outward observation, or the passive reception of ideas from other minds. In this sense the verb think is often followed, by on, of, about, etc., with the name of the remote object sought to be understood, recalled, appreciated, or otherwise investigated by the mental process.
    • think To imagine: followed by of or on.
    • think To attend (on); fasten the mind (on): followed by of.
    • think To entertain a sentiment or opinion (in a specified way): with of: as, to think highly of a person's abilities.
    • think To have a (specified) feeling (for); be affected (toward); especially, to have a liking or fondness: followed by of.
    • think To think the time long; become weary or impatient, especially in waiting for something.
    • think Synonyms To contemplate, reason.
    • n think A thinking; thought.
    • think To seem; appear: with indirect object (dative).
    • think To seem good.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Rabbits aren't rodents like most people think. They are actually Lagomorphs.
    • v.i Think thingk to exercise the mind (with about, of, on): to revolve ideas in the mind: to judge: to form or hold as an opinion: to consider: to purpose or design
    • v.t Think to imagine: to judge: to believe or consider:—pa.t. and pa.p. thought
    • n Think the act or state of one who thinks:
    • n Think (Shak.) thought, imagination, judgment
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Quotations

  • Charles F. Kettering
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    “You can't have a better tomorrow if you are thinking about yesterday all the time.”
  • Eric Butterworth
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    “I am not what I think. I am thinking what I think.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “To think is to act.”
  • Walter Lippmann
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    “Where all men think alike, no one thinks very much.”
  • Thomas L. Masson
    Thomas L. Masson
    “No brain is stronger than its weakest think.”
  • Earl Nightingale
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    “You become what you think about.”

Idioms

Fuzzy thinking - Thinking or ideas that do not agree with the facts or information available
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Great minds think alike - If two people have the same thought at the same time, one of them might say "Great minds think alike."
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Put on your thinking cap - If you put on your thinking cap, you think very hard about something.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. thinken, properly, to seem, from AS. þyncean,cf. Methinks), but confounded with OE. thenken, to think, fr. AS. þencean,imp. þōhte,); akin to D. denken, dunken, OS. thenkian, thunkian, G. denken, dünken, Icel. þekkja, to perceive, to know, þykkja, to seem, Goth. þagkjan, þaggkjan, to think, þygkjan, to think, to seem, OL. tongere, to know. Cf. Thank Thought

Usage

In literature:

I think you have behaved very bravely; and I don't think, if your superior officer knew all, that he would have much to say.
"Fitz the Filibuster" by George Manville Fenn
And as they denounce without thinking, so a lot of men have risen with us to advocate without thinking.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
Think of my grandfather's face; think of mine; think of all the horrible consequences.
"Molly Bawn" by Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
He had been thinking, though, thinking hard.
"Fair Harbor" by Joseph Crosby Lincoln
I'd keep you here, of course; but lying in bed isn't a bracing operation, especially when you think; and you think, don't you?
"Nell, of Shorne Mills" by Charles Garvice
And, Janet, I don't think it is quite kind in you to think that I grudge Fanny her proper place in her own house.
"Janet's Love and Service" by Margaret M Robertson
I am thinking of somebody else, of someone who has nobody to think of him but me.
"Chance" by Joseph Conrad
And as to people thinking, what on earth does it signify what they think, if they don't think right?
"Out in the Forty-Five" by Emily Sarah Holt
Many of them, I know, will think far worse of her than they should think.
"Miss Mackenzie" by Anthony Trollope
Sometimes I think I shall, and sometimes I think not.
"Deerbrook" by Harriet Martineau
Others may think there is no necessity for any action at all, may think so honestly.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
I think you can hardly refuse to do your part.
"Allison Bain" by Margaret Murray Robertson
I don't think that I've come down.
"An Old Man's Love" by Anthony Trollope
He was thinking of his plans for the future, thinking of the work he had to do.
"The Day of Judgment" by Joseph Hocking
Sometimes, I think I may continue to work; sometimes, I think not.
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
Think of me sometimes, as I shall long think of our glorious dance last night.
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens
I think it good, and shall think so.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
They think of Ireland first, and he thinks of starving workmen first.
"Changing Winds" by St. John G. Ervine
I don't think it is jade, and I don't think it is Chinese.
"The Eye of Dread" by Payne Erskine
Nobody will think well of him unless he thinks well of himself.
"Marion Fay" by Anthony Trollope
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In poetry:

We wept to think of what had past--
The doubt--the trial--joy at last--
We wept to think of mournful fears--
We wept to hail the future years.
"You Told Me That You Loved Me" by James Avis Bartley
"And I could weep warm floods of happy tears
To think my strength is coming back at last,
For I have dreamed of such an hour for years,
As I lay thinking of my glorious past.
"His Youth" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Flinging from his arms I laughed
To think his passion such
He fancied that I gave a soul
Did but our bodies touch,
And laughed upon his breast to think
Beast gave beast as much.
"A Last Confession" by William Butler Yeats
If I can think of it, it isn't what I want.
I want . . . I want a ship from some near star
To land in the yard, and beings to come out
And think to me: "So this is where you are!
"A Sick Child" by Randall Jarrell
I always think of those who were torn from here…
The heavens echo with the cries of their distress.
I think that we are all to blame
for what they lack - for we have food and bed!
"Christmas Greetings 1941" by Marie Under
Think of it, think of it, hearts that are breaking,
Sorrowing, suffering, over the sea.
Think of the eyes that are blinded and aching
With watching for those whom they never will see.
"Over The Water" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

In news:

Ten Things I Think I Think.
Most of us don't think too much about our kitchen sink-that is until we're thinking of remodeling, or the one we have has to go.
When you think of retirement, you think of relaxing.
When most people think of high school marching bands, they think of halftime during football games.
NBC NATIOANL NEWS — When we think of chiropractors, we usually think of human patients, but one Georgia chiropractor is trying to help save the life of a more exotic creature from down under.
When mid-Atlantic region people think about driving further than northern Jersey, the Poconos and Catskills in search of snow, the usually think New England.
NEW YORK — When you think of wine cooler s, you probably don't think of America's founding fathers.
Management by Wishful Thinking Is More Common than You'd (Wish to) Think.
"I think we're probably thinking about talking," Plant said in an interview with A.V.
Most people probably think of "Gasland" when they think of fracking documentaries.
'I think it was a very difficult and poor choice and I think that there are probably regrets both ways' More.
We've got too much to think about to think about payback and getting even and all that.
Now scientists wonder if apes are capable of thinking about what other apes are thinking.
When they think about the possibility of life in other parts of the universe, they think of it happening on planets.
So my wife doesn't think Anna is hot at all, but since she is posing nude for Esquire I thought I would see what you think View Gallery.
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In science:

Think of the vertices of G as species that exist today.
Semigroups, rings, and Markov chains
We think viewing at Proposition 2.2 these restrictions are natural.
On the Gribov Problem for Generalized Connections
We may think of these fields as (super-)coordinates of a target space.
Conformal field theory, boundary conditions and applications to string theory
We can think of the eigenvalues as points on R.
Non-intersecting Paths, Random Tilings and Random Matrices
Thus we can equivalently think in terms of a growth model.
Non-intersecting Paths, Random Tilings and Random Matrices
It is easy to think of examples that do not appear to fit this picture.
The Formation of Star Clusters
They showed that this construction was equivalent to thinking of the D0-branes in a constant B -field background.
M(atrix) Theory: Matrix Quantum Mechanics as a Fundamental Theory
Therefore, we think our second conclusion on the non-universal behavior can not be excluded.
Reply to Comment on "Quantum Phase Transition of Randomly-Diluted Heisenberg Antiferromagnet on a Square Lattice"
In terms of the two control parameters ∆ and H one can think about the “percolation manifold”: it has a line of unstable fixed points Hc (∆).
Susceptibility and Percolation in 2D Random Field Ising Magnets
We think that the ordercontrol coupling parameter proposed in also works for RBN.
Self-Organized Critical Random Boolean Networks
In this simple case we do not think that the act of observing the position of one particle causes the other particle to be where it is.
Quantum theory and the role of mind in nature
Also one can think of devices to increase the number of Marsaglia planes.
Monte Carlo: Basics
Otherwise, one could think at a sequence of measurements as jump-like processes, randomly distributed in time .
Quantum Zeno-like effect due to competing decoherence mechanisms
Suppose that (W, ψ) is defined over an imaginary quadratic extension k of Q, which we think of as a subfield of C.
Compactifications defined by arrangements I: the ball quotient case
So after choosing a generator of W/I ⊥ we can think of this subseries as defining a rational function on B(I ).
Compactifications defined by arrangements I: the ball quotient case
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