1. the product of mental activity; that which one thinks: a body of thought.
  2. a single act or product of thinking; idea or notion: to collect one’s thoughts.
  3. the act or process of thinking; mental activity: Thought as well as action wearies us.
  4. the capacity or faculty of thinking, reasoning, imagining, etc.: All her thought went into her work.
  5. a consideration or reflection: Thought of death terrified her.
  6. meditation, contemplation, or recollection: deep in thought.
  7. intention, design, or purpose, especially a half-formed or imperfect intention: We had some thought of going.
  8. anticipation or expectation: I had no thought of seeing you here.
  9. consideration, attention, care, or regard: She took no thought of her appearance.
  10. a judgment, opinion, or belief: According to his thought, all violence is evil.
  11. the intellectual activity or the ideas, opinions, etc., characteristic of a particular place, class, or time: Greek thought.
  12. a very small amount; a touch; bit; trifle: The steak is a thought underdone.


  1. the past tense and past participle of think


  1. the act or process of thinking; deliberation, meditation, or reflection
  2. a concept, opinion, or idea
  3. philosophical or intellectual ideas typical of a particular time or placeGerman thought in the 19th century
  4. application of mental attention; considerationhe gave the matter some thought
  5. purpose or intentionI have no thought of giving up
  6. expectationno thought of reward
  7. a small amount; trifleyou could be a thought more enthusiastic
  8. kindness or regardhe has no thought for his widowed mother

n.Old English þoht, geþoht, from stem of þencan “to conceive of in the mind, consider” (see think). Cognate with the second element in German Gedächtnis “memory,” Andacht “attention, devotion,” Bedacht “consideration, deliberation.” Second thought “later consideration” is recorded from 1640s. Thought-crime is from “Nineteen Eighty-Four” (1949); thought police is attested from 1946, originally in reference to pre-war Japanese Special Higher Police (Tokubetsu Koto Keisatsu). n.

  1. The act or the process of thinking; cogitation.
  2. A product of thinking, such as an idea.
  3. The faculty of thinking or reasoning.

see food for thought; lost in thought; on second thought; penny for your thoughts; perish the thought; train of thought. Also see under think.

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