Definition of thinking in English:



  • 1[mass noun] The process of considering or reasoning about something.

    ‘the selectors have some thinking to do before the match’
    • ‘But does this line of thinking mean that we should all live in cities?’
    • ‘Most importantly, the lessons of these recent experiences also have greatly contributed to our current strategic thinking.’
    • ‘It is time for some imaginative thinking - new ideas for making public services work better for those who need them most.’
    • ‘Make voting more accessible, the thinking goes, and more citizens will vote.’
    • ‘Isn't it technology, for example, which makes new ways of thinking, new ideas and paradigms, possible?’
    • ‘Why have these discredited ways of thinking become so influential once again?’
    • ‘He thought that he could discover truth by deductive thinking in mathematical terms alone.’
    • ‘Leadership, strategic thinking and motivation are considered to be the key qualities of an effective CEO.’
    • ‘This thinking reflects a new development in British universities.’
    • ‘Yet the late 1980s and early 1990s have also seen the return of ideas based on mercantilist thinking.’
    • ‘The declines in stock prices are the result of foreigners selling Japan short, this thinking goes.’
    • ‘Clear thinking, good ideas and listening to what customers want are the core elements.’
    • ‘In debate about law, we are used to the idea that legal thinking is objective and that law applies to everyone.’
    • ‘In reality, analytical and intuitive thinking support and complete each other.’
    • ‘The strongest evidence of thinking along these lines appears in 1938.’
    • ‘They are best developed through regular exposure to assignments that are process oriented and that require critical thinking.’
    • ‘Such offences, so the thinking goes, are of a lesser order and should not stigmatize violators.’
    • ‘In the process, they'll learn about generating ideas and stimulating creative thinking.’
    • ‘Logical thinking works to your great advantage in most instances.’
    • ‘The Mars missions show the power of preconceived ideas to cloud our thinking.’
    1. 1.1A person's ideas or opinions.
      ‘his thinking is reflected in his later autobiography’
      • ‘One of my posts is not the sum totality of my thinking on the subject.’
      • ‘Thank you for taking the time to write the essay, pointing out his short-sighted thinking.’
      • ‘The harder question is how much she influences his thinking and his decisions.’
      • ‘Four of the statements were about issues that dominated his thinking at the time and were highly emotional.’
      • ‘My thinking on this topic has been influenced by stimulating discussions that I have had with social scientists.’
      • ‘My thinking has evolved since I wrote the book.’
      • ‘I have no idea what their thinking is at this moment in time other than by reading their own public utterances.’
      • ‘The observation that stimulated my thinking on this topic was of a humble grammatical phenomenon.’
      • ‘I'm going to loft an idea here and I don't want to prejudice your thinking by blurting out any names.’
      • ‘He also gave police an insight into his thinking, ideas that led him to set the bush alight.’
      • ‘Lincoln knew that the words people habituated themselves to use would influence their thinking.’
      • ‘What works, preferably those that can be accessed online, helped shape your thinking?’
      • ‘It is my sincere hope that our readers will find many new perspectives and ideas to challenge their thinking.’
      • ‘Their thinking, ideas, and aspirations should be a part of the planning exercise for their city.’
      • ‘I think these are over-inflated ideas, and my thinking comes out of working with depressed people.’
      • ‘Can you tell us something about these experiences and how they shaped your thinking?’
      • ‘Philip's rhetoric was also existential, and it strongly influenced my thinking.’
      • ‘Well, this is the director's view of the world, and it obviously reflects his thinking accurately.’
      • ‘Our thinking can reflect the systems and values of the world to the extent that we are controlled by them.’
      • ‘There are other, more objective factors that will doubtless be shaping his thinking.’
      reasoning, theory, thoughts, line of thought, philosophy, beliefs
      position, outlook, judgement, assessment, evaluation
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    2. 1.2archaic Thoughts; meditations.
      ‘I am wrap'd in dismal thinkings’


  • [attributive] Using thought or rational judgement; intelligent.

    ‘he seemed a thinking man’
    • ‘Paradoxically it is the educated and thinking class that remains the greatest defaulter when it comes to voting leaders in or out.’
    • ‘But surely, you might say, she is an intelligent woman, the thinking man's posh totty.’
    • ‘She is the thinking pop lover's solution to overplayed and overdone artists.’
    • ‘No thinking person, with or without faith, can in contemporary life evade this struggle.’
    • ‘It is a play for a thinking audience prepared to be confronted.’
    • ‘He has become a much larger, deeper thinking man, even though nothing about him has changed but the script.’
    • ‘This is an insult to educated and rational thinking people of this nation.’
    • ‘He is such a natural goalscorer that he is the thinking man's choice.’
    • ‘It is an example that must be so frightening to any thinking Frenchman.’
    • ‘A production that exudes class from the cast to the slick set changes, Cinderella is this year's thinking kid's pantomime.’
    • ‘Any thinking person must realise what is happening is wrong.’
    • ‘It insults the intelligence of clear thinking peoples and plays to the hearts and minds of the weak.’
    • ‘Greta, you strike me and always have, as a very rational, articulate woman, a thinking woman.’
    • ‘Turning children at the threshold of their teens into rational thinking beings is clearly not their credo.’
    • ‘I believe that many thinking people will come back to the Democrats.’
    • ‘When my boy grows to become a thinking person, with conscience and sensibility, am I the man I want him to see me as?’
    • ‘We all know that he isn't his strongest in a debate, but should that matter to thinking people?’
    intelligent, sensible, reasonable, rational, reasoning
    logical, analytical
    thoughtful, reflective, meditative, contemplative, pensive, philosophical
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