1 thinking, reflection, reflecting, meditation, meditating, contemplation, contemplating, cogitation, cogitating, musing, pondering, rumination, ruminating, brooding, mental activity, mentation, brown study; brainwork, cerebration, deliberation, deliberating, consideration, considering:
She was deep in thought. The solution may require considerable thought.
2 idea, notion, brainstorm, observation:
I have a thought that I'd like to share with you.
3 consideration, contemplation, planning, plan, scheme, design, intention, expectation, hope, prospect, anticipation, dream, vision:
Any thought of taking a few days off had to be abandoned.
4 thoughtfulness, consideration, kindliness, kind-heartedness, concern, compassion, tenderness, kindness, sympathy, attentiveness, regard, solicitude:
I don't need any help, but I appreciate the thought.
5 Often, thoughts. recollection(s), memory or memories, remembrance(s), reminiscence(s):
Now and then he comforted himself with thoughts of his happy childhood.
6 intellect, intelligence, reasoning, rationality, ratiocination, reason:
Some believe that only humans are capable of thought.
7 bit, trifle, touch, small amount, trace, soupçon, little, tinge:
This champagne is a thought too sweet.
1 sth that you think
comforting, good, happy, pleasant, positive
It was a comforting thought that at least her father hadn't suffered. Before going on stage, I breathe deeply and think positive thoughts.
| anxious, appalling, awful, bad, black, dark, depressing, disquieting, disturbing, gloomy, negative, sad, sobering, terrible
A disturbing thought suddenly struck me.
| interesting, intriguing | first, immediate, initial
My immediate thought was that he must be joking.
| sudden | little | fleeting, passing | conscious | unspoken | waking
She occupied all his waking thoughts.
VERB + THOUGHT
I've just had a thought (= an idea). He remained aloof, thinking his own thoughts.
Let me have your thoughts on the report.
| express, write down | read
She often seems to know what I'm thinking, as though she can read my thoughts.
| dread, not be able to bear, not like, not relish
She said she couldn't bear the thought of living alone in the house. I don't like the thought of you walking home alone.
THOUGHT + VERB
come/pop into your mind, come to sb, cross your mind, go/flash/pass/race through your mind, hit sb, occur to sb, strike sb
The thought crossed my mind that Jim might know the answer. All kinds of thoughts raced through my mind.
| ~s turn to sth
My thoughts turned to home.
He lay there thinking gloomy thoughts about life and death.
| ~ of
The children were overjoyed at the thought of going to the seaside on holiday.
| ~ on
They asked him what his thoughts were on the government's announcement.
just a thought
Would Mark be able to help? It's just a thought.
| keep your thoughts to yourself
He's not the kind of man to keep his thoughts to himself.
| the mere/very thought of sth
The mere thought of lice makes my head itch.
| push/put the thought aside/away, push the thought from/out of your mind
2 process/act of thinking
careful, proper | deep, profound
She is known for her deep thought and intellectual ways.
He was so upset, he was incapable of coherent thought.
| logical, rational | analytical, critical | abstract | creative | free, independent | conscious
My job is so repetitive, it does not require much conscious thought.
We have to give the matter fresh thought.
I accepted the offer without a second thought.
VERB + THOUGHT
give sb/sth, spare (sb)
I've given the matter careful thought. Don't give it another thought (= to tell sb not to worry after they have said they are sorry). Spare a thought for us?we'll be working through the night to finish the report.
| direct, turn
I tried to turn my thoughts to pleasanter things.
The article was intended to provoke thought.
| be deep in, be lost in
She was deep in thought and didn't hear me call her.
THOUGHT + VERB
go into sth
Not enough thought has gone into this essay.
THOUGHT + NOUN
I couldn't see what thought processes led him to that conclusion.
They had acted rashly, without thought.
after a moment's thought
After a moment's thought, I accepted his offer.
| freedom of thought
The constitution guarantees freedom of thought and belief.
| a line/mode/train of thought
That line of thought can only lead to one conclusion. He hesitated, as though he had lost his train of thought.
There was a thought-provoking article about poverty in the paper.
| with no thought for sth
He ran into the burning house with no thought for his own life.
modern | 19th-century, etc. | Eastern, Western | intellectual, philosophical, scientific | economic, political | feminist, liberal, socialist, etc.
a school of thought
They belong to different schools of thought.
| a strand of thought
three different strands of scientific thought
kind, kindly, nice
Thank you for the flowers?it was a very kind thought.
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