Definition of think in English:



  • 1[with clause] Have a particular belief or idea.

    ‘she thought that nothing would be the same again’
    ‘it's thought he may have collapsed from shock’
    [with infinitive] ‘up to 300 people were thought to have died’
    • ‘The spokeswoman said that the settlement was thought to have happened above a drain.’
    • ‘The arrest is not thought to be a significant development in the hunt for the double killer.’
    • ‘He's an end-of-the-century phenom and I can imagine some people thinking he was the best of the last hundred years.’
    • ‘I think some situations can and should be treated with a bit more of a diplomatic approach!’
    • ‘Although the cause is still being investigated it is not thought to be suspicious.’
    • ‘I think every individual situation is just a little different though they have generalities.’
    • ‘We have a good idea what facts the judge would have summed up had he thought the situation required it.’
    • ‘I have no idea why she would think that associating with those people is a good thing.’
    • ‘He thinks television situation comedy is garbage and only agrees when the network promises him his own special, a promise which the network reneges upon.’
    • ‘But nobody thinks that idea worth fighting a war over.’
    • ‘Inquiries are continuing into the cause of the blaze but it is not thought to be suspicious.’
    • ‘He thinks the situation will get worse when Swindon Council takes over illegal parking enforcement from the police.’
    • ‘He somehow thinks his case is enhanced by insulting the Ohio law enforcement system.’
    • ‘She should leave Bolton and move somewhere else if she thinks the situation is that bad.’
    • ‘The only area where technology is thought to play its part is in the realm of communications.’
    • ‘The danger is that people in the city will think the current situation is just another to add to the list.’
    • ‘But at their recent meeting, members said they thought the situation was getting better.’
    • ‘Secondly did it mislead the prosecution into thinking the case against him was stronger than it was.’
    • ‘Not everyone thinks the situation will be that dire, though.’
    • ‘Forty tonnes of marine diesel are still thought to be on board the sunken vessel.’
    believe, be of the opinion, have as one's opinion, be of the view, be under the impression
    deem, judge, hold, reckon, consider, presume, estimate
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    1. 1.1Used in questions to express anger or surprise.
      ‘what do you think you're doing?’
    2. 1.2Used in speech to reduce the force of a statement, or to politely suggest or refuse something.
      ‘I thought we could go out for a meal’
      • ‘So with dinner in mind and a recent chat to people in Spain, I think a small sherry is in order.’
      • ‘If you read any of my books I think you'll find quite a lot about not killing in there.’
      • ‘Tonight is my last night in Preston for a while so I am going for a few pints and a curry I think.’
      • ‘The very fact that we have moved beyond the age of deference supports my case I think.’
  • 2[no object] Direct one's mind towards someone or something; use one's mind actively to form connected ideas.

    ‘he was thinking about Colin’
    ‘Jack thought for a moment’
    [with object] ‘any writer who so rarely produces a book is not thinking deep thoughts’
    • ‘Then I look into the glass and think about the workers in the brewery and all of their hopes and dreams.’
    • ‘He sat back for a moment, thinking, prodding with his mind towards any intention the man might have.’
    • ‘My mind thinks like a person who's born in 65 and lived in the 70s and 80s.’
    • ‘With this in mind, let us think for a moment about the surface of a sphere.’
    • ‘There are two people in this known universe who know what my conspiracy-laden mind is thinking.’
    • ‘In my mind I was thinking ahead all the time whereas I should have been taking advantage of the situation that I was in at the time.’
    • ‘I thought always of death, and therefore I had only one sorrow: the certainty of having to die.’
    • ‘At a time when scripts are written with ‘stars’ in mind, Bhadran thinks differently.’
    • ‘The adrenaline kept you going, made sure your mind was thinking quickly.’
    • ‘Here we find him as a mind thinking deeply on problems Pakistanis are faced with.’
    • ‘He hadn't cast it a second thought for years but rediscovering the old treasure set his mind thinking.’
    • ‘Natural selection did not design our minds to think directly about how best to pass on our genes.’
    • ‘Such is the methodology of the mind… it thinks not of perils when enticed by joy.’
    • ‘Creative minds think at the speed of lightning but the fingers move as any average digits would!’
    • ‘Frequently, the best solutions are arrived at by thinking outside the standard approach.’
    • ‘They need to learn mental disciplines - to think, to count and to ask questions.’
    • ‘I took a moment to read what his mind is thinking, but he quickly guarded his thoughts.’
    • ‘If you have too much time on your hands to think, eventually your mind will create problems.’
    • ‘The more you understand why something has turned out the way it has, the more you can empathise and think with an open mind.’
    • ‘I just sat in my chair for a few moments, my mouth silent, my mind thinking.’
    ponder, reflect, deliberate, meditate, contemplate, muse, cogitate, ruminate, be lost in thought, be in a brown study, brood
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    1. 2.1Have a particular mental attitude or approach.
      ‘he thought like a general’
      [with complement] ‘one should always think positive’
      • ‘You tend to imagine the worst by thinking negatively and torturing yourself endlessly today!’
      • ‘I don't think this is what people think here, and it will be suicidal in - in the mind of anyone who thinks rightly.’
      • ‘You torture yourself endlessly by thinking negatively and imagining the worst today.’
      • ‘It might even be more uncomfortable to see the world through the mind of someone who thinks exactly like you do.’
      • ‘And we have to have an educational approach, which thinks in these kinds of terms.’
      • ‘If you are minded to think small, then the association would love to welcome you.’
      • ‘You imagine the worst by thinking negatively without good reason.’
    2. 2.2Take into consideration when deciding on a possible action.
      ‘you can live how you like, but there's the children to think about’
      • ‘We need to think of possible legal complications in all sorts of routine situations.’
      • ‘Nature, of course, thinks of everything and it seems that a nudibranch getting its own sperm or eggs is impossible.’
      • ‘Make sure you have thought of the possible gains and losses if you took the leap.’
      • ‘I know most of you are great people but please think of others when you light up your next cigarette.’
      • ‘Critics would also hope she seriously thinks about the wounds she will be reopening - and calls the play off.’
      • ‘The tendency is to take what he wants, and act as he wants without thinking of the possible effect on others.’
    3. 2.3Call to mind.
      ‘lemon thyme is a natural pair with any chicken dish you can think of’
      • ‘He had done it since he was a kid, and had done it every way possible a human could think of.’
      • ‘We have to come together as a team and try and think of the best possible way to find Jack.’
      • ‘My first sales call was to the biggest possible customer I could think of.’
      • ‘These types of Virus writers will use just about any occasion they can think of to act on computer users.’
      • ‘I can think of quite a lot of those in high places who, if they were to receive a good dose of Britishness, it would do them a power of good.’
      • ‘High school is closer to the core of the American experience than anything else I can think of.’
      • ‘The only thing we can think of is that they want to break the pattern [of agreements] in the industry.’
      • ‘But today Matthew is the only person I can think of like that in that age range.’
      • ‘The only acceptable reason I can think of is to bring attention to the fact that it was a life-long condition.’
      • ‘I can think of some cases where a marina actually adds to the beauty and charm of a place.’
      • ‘Two years later she can think of no reason why anyone would do it - and neither can experienced detectives.’
      • ‘If you can think of an animal, the likelihood is it would be made into a rug somewhere in the house, with its head mounted on the walls.’
      • ‘Maybe I am of gifted intelligence and can think of more than one number at once.’
      • ‘I can think of worse things to be called than a journalist, but not many.’
      • ‘Whatever you can think of in the world of news and specialist information, they're in it in a big way.’
      • ‘But for me, these remembrances are the best way I can think of to give you a sense of an age long gone.’
      • ‘I can think of about half a dozen malcontents who would love a contest.’
      • ‘It is possible to think of a number of ways in which reciprocity might sustain medical altruism.’
      • ‘I can think of no better example of perfect symbiosis of image and music.’
      • ‘I can think of two federal ministers whose basic approach to women journalists is to flirt.’
      recall, remember, recollect, call to mind, bring to mind, think back to, review
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    4. 2.4Consider the possibility or advantages of (a course of action)
      ‘he was thinking of becoming a zoologist’
      • ‘He said it will be of benefit to all clients thinking of developing R&D projects.’
      • ‘She thinks of running away but realizes that it would be useless to try.’
      • ‘Opinion: anyone who thinks of trying to track down these boys and commit some sort of revenge act against them is as low as any other perpetrator of violence.’
      • ‘Recently, I've been thinking of doing a course with the Open University - which is probably a good thing to do.’
      • ‘The interior minister certainly wasn't thinking of creating a data graveyard.’
      • ‘Now I am about to start a clinical doctorate I am thinking of doing an art course.’
      • ‘I asked if she ever considered the danger or thought of fleeing the aftershocks and the tumbling buildings.’
      • ‘If you are thinking of gifting them, consider shelling out around a lakh of rupees or more.’
      • ‘I was thinking of going light with some goodies, music and some games and paper to write and draw with.’
      • ‘I'm thinking of creating a place here with links and reviews of site for kids.’
      • ‘This is an expense you might not have considered when thinking about moving to the seaside.’
      • ‘Any television producer thinking of developing the idea should first of all contact the author of the above, who will not be hard to deal with.’
      • ‘Mr Lee said that reports suggested the Chancellor was thinking of a 6p rise on beer in the Budget.’
      • ‘If you are thinking about setting up a course then you should think through these issues.’
      consider, contemplate, give thought to, entertain the idea of, deliberate about, weigh up, turn over in one's mind, mull over, chew over, reflect on, ruminate about, muse on
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    5. 2.5Have sufficient foresight or awareness to do something.
      [with infinitive] ‘I hadn't thought to warn Rachel about him’
      • ‘Sadly for me, nobody ever thought to test the damn thing on the Firth of Clyde on a Tuesday.’
      • ‘There was a timber yard next door and someone thought to test the process on pine.’
    6. 2.6Imagine or expect (an actual or possible situation)
      ‘think of being paid a salary to hunt big game!’
      [with clause] ‘I never thought we'd raise so much money’
      • ‘Of course not and just think of the massive amount of money we would gain and how much red tape we would lose.’
      imagine, picture, visualize, envisage, envision
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    7. 2.7Imagine what it would be like to be in (a position or role)
      ‘she tried to think herself into the part of Peter's fiancée’
      • ‘Astor put the receiver down and started to think himself into tycoon mode.’
      • ‘The ‘orthodox’ historians, he continues, ‘make no attempt to think themselves into the minds of their subjects,’ instead attributing to them views on race that did not emerge until the twentieth century.’
      • ‘I would think myself into the character and then see the world totally through their eyes.’
      • ‘One way to tackle these sorts of questions is modern social theory; another is to try to think oneself into a prehistoric frame of mind.’
      • ‘This is the nature of empathy, to think oneself into the minds of others.’
      • ‘This weekend, I just went out there to race and not think myself into a problem.’
      • ‘I've got no problem with anyone thinking themselves into an early grave.’
      • ‘You are thinking yourself into new kitchen mode when all you were after was a cut-price polo neck.’
      • ‘These historians make no attempt to think themselves into the minds of their subjects.’
      • ‘‘I had so much fun thinking myself into Bessy's head and her sayings like: ‘I couldn't care the core of a cabbage.’’
      • ‘On top of that we had to think ourselves into how the character feels.’
      • ‘Then again, maybe I'm just thinking too much about the entire thing and succeeding only in thinking myself into knots.’
      • ‘They were trying to imagine what it would have been like, thinking themselves into that instant: standing on a beach, hearing the roar, running for their lives.’
      • ‘I am trying to think myself into a really rather complicated argument, and still at the stage where you take the old machine apart, and the whole workshop is a mess of bits and scruff.’
      • ‘We have to try and think ourselves into a state of mind now that there is one, rather than all the time saying I do not want one.’
      • ‘Sometimes, intelligent people can think themselves into trouble.’
      • ‘In that time he had to think himself into the mind of Luke Mitchell.’
      • ‘Unlike Gwyneth Paltrow in Sliding Doors (a spiritually similar film) who was called upon to play essentially the same character twice, here Mitchell has to think herself into two spaces completely.’
      • ‘Novelists have been keen to think themselves into the position of the victims (though because they relish the danger and are spared the death, the morality of the effort remains questionable).’
      • ‘But it was another extreme example of him thinking himself into the part.’
  • 3[no object] Have a specified opinion of.

    ‘she did not think highly of modern art’
    [no object] ‘what would John think of her?’
    ‘I think of him as a friend’
    • ‘Surfinia is a combination of surf and petunia and the plants were originally thought of as ground cover.’
    • ‘Hope you enjoyed the above and I would be interested to see what anyone else thinks of my opinions and whether you agree or disagree.’
    • ‘She also excels at things we think of as entirely modern, such as walkabouts.’
    • ‘As for theories - try thinking of 'em as opinions or models, rather than unquestionable facts.’
    • ‘He has not hazarded an opinion of what he thinks of the subject of his study, the bizarre chain of consequences he unleashed and the political context of these new developments.’
    • ‘Fortunately, I consoled myself with discovering what Google thought of this site instead.’
    • ‘What would those who lost their lives now think of what we are creating from their sacrifice?’
    • ‘Lucy Stephens and Dan Jones asked all sections of society what they thought of the Chancellor's cash plans.’
    • ‘She told him that in her opinion very few people thought of her a lady.’
    • ‘Buschert has also appeared at city council to let them know what she thinks of the development in her neighbourhood.’
    • ‘We are used to thinking of modern international society as reaffirming the value of anarchic political structure.’
    • ‘He spent most of his political life on what would be thought of in modern terms as the left of politics.’
    • ‘In fact, have at least some of us not implicitly been thinking of the originator as something like a causal circumstance?’
    • ‘You can't help wondering what Eileen Caddy thinks of the new developments.’
    • ‘Whatever you think of modern music, the state of rock nomenclature has never been healthier.’
    • ‘Public opinion tends to think of carbon dioxide as a waste product or even a poison.’
    • ‘This is her response when asked what she thought of the screenplay upon first read.’
    • ‘My opinion of myself is very much either reinforced or rejected based upon what others think of me.’
    • ‘Just as our opinion of an individual is not based on what he thinks of himself, so can we not judge of such a period of transformation by its own consciousness.’
    • ‘The thing is, it feels to me like you're thinking of game development as big business, corporate, organised fare.’


  • [in singular] An act of thinking.

    ‘I went for a walk to have a think’
    • ‘So, at the moment the email is sitting in my inbox with an action flag beside it while I have a think.’
    • ‘Have a think and post me a reply, who would society be better off without?’
    • ‘Sit on the bed a few minutes to have a think.’
    • ‘So I had a little think and a bit of a search to check and came up with this list.’
    • ‘Anyway, we had a think in the office but were stumped for specific local Melbourne myths.’
    • ‘Just before settling in for the night Leo decided to go outside and have a think and a cigarette.’
    • ‘On the way there, looking at Raymond with his sticky eyes and swelling cut, I had a bit of a think.’
    • ‘When I stopped coughing and spluttering, we sat down, had a think and decided to let her have one.’
    • ‘She was very upset but she very quickly stopped crying and had a think.’
    ponder, muse, period of contemplation, period of deliberation, period of reflection, spell of contemplation, spell of deliberation, spell of reflection
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  • have (got) another think coming

    • informal Used to express the speaker's disagreement with or unwillingness to do something suggested by someone else.

      ‘if they think I'm going to do physical jerks, they've got another think coming’
      • ‘But if someone thinks we are going to be driven away they have another think coming.’
      • ‘Any woman still thinking that men are like buses and there'll be another one along in a minute has another think coming.’
      • ‘Closest rival Microsoft has well-publicised problems of its own - and even if it overcomes these, the accelerating pretender has another think coming if it imagines that it has an easy shot at becoming world number one.’
      • ‘If we think - despite what I've said about us being better than last year - if we think even for a moment that we are good enough with the present squad to win the championship next season, then we will have another think coming.’
      • ‘If they thought that they could get away with it, they have another think coming.’
      • ‘If you thought the ethnic game, which held in thrall several generations, had paled into insignificance in the wake of the popularity of spectacle sports such as cricket and football, you have another think coming.’
      • ‘That may satisfy some people suffering from Frankenfood fixation, but if they think proud British eco-warriors are going to be put off by the facts, they have another think coming…’
      • ‘If you think I want to model in discount catalogues for the rest of my life, you have another think coming.’
      • ‘London will have taken some heart from our recent results but if they think they can turn us over, they have another think coming.’
      • ‘Those who may think so have another think coming.’
  • think again

    • Reconsider something.

      ‘the advisory committee must think again about its approach’
      • ‘The charity had intended to give the book away in a raffle but when a London valuer advised them it was worth £1, 500 they thought again.’
      • ‘Politicians who have issued intemperate attacks on the apathy of the young must think again.’
      • ‘But I really think, Howie, at this particular time and in the history of CBS News maybe I can be of some help to try to get everybody thinking again and not about what has just happened recently.’
      • ‘He laughs, he makes fun of himself, he says absurd things and then takes them back, and then thinks again and doesn't - he actually enjoys himself.’
      • ‘He put it away - and then thought again, brought it back and examined it some more.’
      • ‘If they thought that there would be a news blackout on their actions they must now think again.’
      • ‘Those who claim Australia will never have to respond because the international community will never agree had better start thinking again or they will end up in the same category as security advisors who said the Berlin Wall was forever.’
      • ‘She said: ‘It might be that people have thought again about postal voting because of the uncertainty.’’
      • ‘It is then that the public and the private intersect and people start thinking again about marriage.’
      • ‘If it does turn out that truth is stranger than your fiction, you must think again.’
      rethink, review, revise, re-examine, re-evaluate, reassess, reappraise, think better of, think over, take another look at, look at in a different light, have another think about
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  • think aloud

    • Express one's thoughts as soon as they occur.

      ‘no definite proposal, my dear chap—just thinking aloud’
      • ‘He was thinking aloud, trying to work out what he thought about this medium he had never worked in before.’
      • ‘He thinks aloud: ‘I should try a contemporary one.’’
      • ‘‘They'll probably be chasing us as soon as they can start their cars,’ she thought aloud.’
      • ‘‘The more I sit here,’ I said, thinking aloud, ‘the more I am surprised how many small creatures there are living in the garden, and around it.’’
      • ‘I'm just thinking aloud really, trying to sort some things out for myself.’
      • ‘‘Well, we have a couple of guys who worked for the Army during the war, developing plastics,’ he says, thinking aloud.’
      • ‘The general has thought aloud about his ‘alternative dream’ and gone ahead with the construction of Gwadar deep-sea port.’
      • ‘Sterling, speaking to a crowd at the Microsoft Campus, thought aloud about the problem.’
      • ‘I'm thinking aloud a bit here, but the party machine doesn't seem to have quite the same grip in a ward system.’
      • ‘It was just a daft thought, I was thinking aloud.’
  • think (the) better of

    • 1Decide not to do (something) after reconsideration.

      ‘he turned to shoot, then thought better of it’
      • ‘I was tempted to use the toilet brush instead but thought better of it.’
      • ‘I was going to repot the pepper seedlings, but having felt the temperature of the compost I thought better of it.’
      • ‘Initial thoughts were to go day tripping in Kent but I felt a little ropey this morning and thought better of it.’
      • ‘Later, thinking better of how this would look, they put the documents back in the box, put gloves on, and staged photographs of themselves opening the box properly.’
      • ‘This turns out to be one of those jobs that you don't think better of until it's way too late.’
      • ‘You think better of the prank and decide to avoid certain detention.’
      • ‘I contemplated asking the clerk to excuse James because it was only his second day of work experience, but thought better of it.’
      • ‘I was about to add that it wasn't professionalism but a lack of it that accounted for the club's problems, but then thought better of it.’
      • ‘Then, as if coming out of a reverie, he shook his head gently, thinking better of whatever was on his mind.’
      • ‘I nearly asked what the crisis was about, but I thought better of it.’
      have second thoughts about, think twice about, think again about, change one's mind about
      reconsider, decide against
      get cold feet about
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    • 2Form a better opinion of.

      ‘his lie would not make us think better of him’
      • ‘He made me think better of the Party.’
      • ‘If she had thought better of her brother then she might have thought it was planned that way.’
      • ‘I always think better of a person who is willing to admit error than one who tries to pin the blame on subordinates.’
      • ‘I for one will think better of him if he is a crook.’
      • ‘My experience is that citizens think better of MPs once they know more about them.’
  • think big

    • Be ambitious.

      • ‘The logo is the mark of a bank thinking big and growing into an ambitious and resplendent entity.’
      • ‘I have always thought big and it seems to have paid off.’
      • ‘It thinks big, has a vision of the future and measures each step it will take.’
      • ‘In business terms and culturally we are very similar: a small people thinking big, and I urge any ambitious company to go for it.’
      • ‘This gives them a double chance, and must give them the incentive to think big.’
      • ‘His energy was unflagging, he thought big and bold.’
      • ‘Donald learned the business from his father, but with a twist: He thought big, very BIG.’
      • ‘Under his chairmanship, the club thought big and aimed high - then ultimately fell hard when the dreams failed to come true and the lavish spending off the pitch failed to translate into success on it.’
      • ‘It has a wonderful under-age structure and everybody involved in the club thinks big about all issues, always wanting to improve.’
      • ‘‘I went in thinking big and the idea got pared down a bit,’ she says.’
  • think fit

  • think for oneself

    • Have an independent mind or attitude.

      ‘the aim is to get the students to think for themselves’
      • ‘Like the best of teachers, Sontag stirs the imagination, ultimately encouraging readers to engage their minds and think for themselves.’
      • ‘Help is fine when needed but we do not want these young minds not to think for themselves.’
      • ‘In short, we must train students to think for themselves.’
      • ‘It's the paradox of pedagogy: how to teach students to think for themselves.’
      • ‘People who talk about education have forever been mouthing aphorisms about teaching students to think for themselves.’
      • ‘The central core of punk is all about being an individual and thinking for yourself.’
      • ‘Some people just cannot understand the whole concept of thinking for yourself.’
      • ‘Fortunately for me I'm lucky to have a child who thinks for himself, who is open to the idea that we don't have to follow the nearest crowd.’
      • ‘My pedagogical aim is to encourage students to think for themselves, to awaken their consciences.’
      • ‘This relieves the candidate of having to think for himself - and also reduces the political risk that an independent or contrary position entails.’
  • think nothing of

    • Consider (an activity others regard as unusual, wrong, or difficult) as straightforward or normal.

      ‘ordinarily, our elected representatives would think nothing of spending another $20 billion’
      • ‘She thinks nothing of spending a 12-hour day in an incredibly hot, fly-infested canvas lab.’
      • ‘Sometimes the disjunction is so severe that the patient thinks nothing of even severing a part of the body, like the famous painter Van Gogh who chopped off his ears.’
      • ‘Indeed, in the weight room, players supervise one another and think nothing of stopping a teammate's exercise if his form is wrong.’
      • ‘Him not turning up at the bookshop he ran wasn't unusual, so the guys who worked there thought nothing of him not coming in that Wednesday morning.’
      • ‘He thinks nothing of resorting to adolescent activity when his mother's Steuben egg and his father's Porsche are damaged and tries to cover this up by turning the home into a brothel.’
      • ‘They think nothing of two more hours at the end of the day.’
      • ‘That must take quite a lot of managing, but Sir thinks nothing of spending a whole lunchtime stalking a couple of boys who've sloped off for a fag.’
      • ‘She thinks little of seeking vengeance for wrongs, tripping out on magic mushrooms and, in an especially lovely moment of controlled atmosphere, engaging in a spot of Ouija board shenanigans.’
      • ‘Also, these parents have no regard for local residents and think nothing of blocking access to a resident's property while collecting their little darlings.’
      • ‘When I was a little kid, I thought nothing of tossing a gum wrapper on the ground, and was even known to hurl debris from our car window.’
      consider normal, consider usual, consider routine, take in one's stride, not think twice about
      have no problems with, have no compunction about, have no hesitation about
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  • think nothing of it

    • Do not apologize or feel bound to show gratitude (used as a polite response).

  • think on one's feet

    • React to events decisively, effectively, and without prior thought.

      • ‘I can see Dallas not knowing what to do, but the other three are veterans and talk about not thinking on your feet or reacting to circumstances.’
      • ‘How the candidates think on their feet and react to the audience can be a telling sign as to how they will act once they are in office.’
      • ‘No matter what the TV says, taking an umbrella to work is thinking on your feet.’
      • ‘He thought on his feet, a very bright individual as far as prisoners go.’
      • ‘He is insightful, he has his act together, he understands what makes national security tick - and he thinks on his feet somewhere around Mach 3.’
      • ‘What marks Aparna's game is that she has a variety of strokes and she thinks on her feet.’
      • ‘She was improvising and having to think on her feet.’
      • ‘I am sort of thinking on my feet here as I react to the information from my two correspondents and from other sources.’
      • ‘He has all the physical gifts, but he also thinks on his feet.’
      • ‘It's going to be a case of common sense and thinking on your feet.’
  • think twice

    • Consider a course of action carefully before embarking on it.

      ‘she would think twice about accepting a job where smoking was the norm’
      • ‘Another study, by the Canadian Cancer Society, found 58% of smokers who saw photographic warnings on packets thought twice about the health costs of smoking.’
      • ‘In my pocket, I'm picking at one corner of the envelope, thinking twice about giving it to him, even thinking twice about taking the thing out of my pocket.’
      • ‘I might have read these lines in any of hundreds of reports over the last decade or so, and the sad thing is that I wouldn't have thought twice about it.’
      • ‘‘I don't know how people don't know what's right and what's wrong,’ he says, giving no suggestion that he thought twice about going to war.’
      • ‘One day, perhaps not too far away, recycling won't be thought twice about (it's already second nature in many European nations).’
      • ‘Last year, many swimmers thought twice about entering the surf.’
      • ‘Of course, once I thought twice about holiday math, I realized that 16.7 percent of all days occur during November and December.’
      • ‘And should parents think twice before enrolling their children on scuba courses?’
      • ‘I suspect a number of adults would have thought twice about doing what you did.’
      • ‘A few years ago in Atlanta, I wouldn't have thought twice about this scene.’
  • think the world of

    • Have a very high regard for.

      ‘I thought the world of my father’
      • ‘Her family were her pride and joy and she was devoted to them and they in turn thought the world of her.’
      • ‘She thought the world of all the children she taught over the years.’
      • ‘And you also have three loving children who think the world of you so please don't get upset- or angry- over the confrontation this afternoon.’
      • ‘He thought the world of us and would have hated for us to be unhappy.’
      • ‘The boy thinks the world of Emilio, appreciating the kind and attentive way he treats him and his mom.’
      • ‘Steven was a shy, quiet lad but when he came out of his shell and people got to know him, they thought the world of him.’
      • ‘He thought the world of his sisters and brother.’
      • ‘‘He must have thought the world of his sister,’ says the woman, ‘to do all these commemorative things for her.’’
      • ‘After my father died, when I was 23, I discovered through others that he thought the world of me.’
      • ‘I think the world of my mum, as she is so kind, caring and loving to all of us.’
      adore, hold dear, love, care very much for, feel great affection for, dote on, be devoted to, revere, esteem, admire, appreciate
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Phrasal Verbs

  • think back

    • Recall a past event or time.

      ‘I keep thinking back to school’
      • ‘I put the blade back in my pocket to as I thought back into the past.’
      • ‘He shook his head with slight pain as he thought back to the previous events.’
      • ‘Just think back to this past summer and the drama surrounding Taylor's decision to step down.’
      • ‘Kelly thought back now on the events that had set them all on this catastrophic course.’
      • ‘I think back to the past and recall that it is the table at which we used to discuss politics or at which I wrote my first book.’
      • ‘As I was throwing my last bag into our car, I started thinking back on this past year.’
      • ‘Barden thinks back through the past few years and it is easy to spot the games they should have won and the opportunities missed.’
      • ‘When these natives actually do settle down, they may find themselves continually thinking back on their many past affairs.’
      • ‘Yet, if you think back over the past decade or so the range and frequency of scandals is astonishing.’
      • ‘When rugby fans think back on past Lions tours, there is invariably one moment that sticks in the mind.’
  • think on

    • Think of or about.

      ‘I think on her every day in my prayers’
      • ‘As boys came into her mind for a change, she thought on the dark-eyed guy that had been at the stables.’
      • ‘If you ever consider going into business for yourself, think on this.’
      • ‘Her annoyance began to grow, and the more she thought on it, the worse it became.’
      • ‘He shook his head, and poured himself another drink, and thought on her last words.’
      • ‘He had been bored so he thought on going to visit Carla and Kaze for the weekend.’
      • ‘They both thought on it for several more hours, but neither of them said anything about it.’
      • ‘She thought on each and every one of these during the ride home, not speaking a word the entire way.’
      • ‘Your point should be a revelation to those who would think on what you have said.’
      • ‘She thought on that for a minute, but the answer had been clear the minute John had asked the question.’
      • ‘She thought on this for a moment and looked back up at him with a shy smile.’
      consider, contemplate, give thought to, entertain the idea of, deliberate about, weigh up, turn over in one's mind, mull over, chew over, reflect on, ruminate about, muse on
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  • think something out (or through)

    • Consider something in all its aspects before taking action.

      ‘the plan had not been properly thought out’
      • ‘I just wonder if anyone thinks their purchases out so clearly, with such an eye on the origins of the product.’
      • ‘We thought things out together, slowly at first.’
      • ‘It is not a plan whose consequences have been thought out.’
      • ‘I think the people who say such things haven't quite thought the point out.’
      • ‘There were some last-minute additions to the program, but they weren't thought out properly.’
      • ‘Many suggestions were thought out and considered as hours flew by with still no real progress.’
      • ‘Well, um… okay, we maybe haven't thought this part out too far ahead.’
      • ‘Every aspect of the house has been thought out in great detail, but for Eleanor the most appealing benefits are the views.’
      • ‘And after I thought it out, it seemed to me that this was the best alternative for me.’
      • ‘If we'd thought it out, we probably wouldn't have done it this way.’
  • think something over

    • Consider something carefully.

      ‘he told the player to go home and think over his offer’
      • ‘Carefully, she thought the words over in her head.’
      • ‘Kyle thought the matter over, pondering what the possible ramifications could be, hoping to summon some memory buried in his mind by his father.’
      • ‘Let us suppose, for the sake of argument, that this guard did in fact stop to think things over carefully.’
      • ‘‘At the end of the season, I will think things over carefully and decide whether I should ever bowl again,’ he added.’
      • ‘I studied the sweet counter intently, selecting a range of my favourite goodies, counting up the pennies, thinking it over carefully.’
      • ‘I had a place lined up, I thought it over, I mused, I pondered, I decided to go with it.’
      • ‘Winthrop thought my question over carefully as he mashed the pills up with a paperweight and drenched the mess with applesauce so he could eat it with the spoon attachment on his Swiss Army knife.’
      • ‘So the frog thinks it over for a minute and decides to accept the offer.’
      • ‘He listened to those stories and at night he thought them over in his mind.’
      • ‘He thought the problem over carefully, then nodded.’
      consider, contemplate, deliberate about, weigh up, consider the pros and cons of, mull over, ponder, reflect on, muse on, ruminate on
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  • think something up

    • Use one's ingenuity to devise something.

      ‘Nick went away to think up an alternative plan’
      • ‘Whoever thought this crazy policy up should be seeking alternative employment.’
      • ‘Whoever thought this idea up should have his head examined.’
      • ‘Whoever thinks these things up needs some help.’
      • ‘A lot of credit must go to the people who have thought this event up and organised it, and people have responded with a very good turnout.’
      • ‘If some money-blood-sucking movie sharks thought the thing up, it would be just that.’
      • ‘It's such a weird contrivance, I keep wondering who thought it up.’
      • ‘Maybe I'll be the one who brings it before you because I have thought it up, dreamed of it.’
      • ‘The guy who thought this excuse up was ultra creative, and as such, I had to share this one with you…’
      • ‘I'll be glad to credit you in the acknowledgments with having thought it up, and send you an autographed copy saying the same…’
      • ‘Woolrich, after all, thought this stuff up and wrote it down.’
      devise, dream up, come up with, invent, create, concoct, contrive, improvise, make up
      hit on
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Old English thencan, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch and German denken.