Thought vs. Think

Thought vs. Think — Is There a Difference?
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Difference Between Thought and Think

Thoughtverb

Past tense and past participle of think.

Thinkverb

To have or formulate in the mind

Think the happiest thought you can think.

Thoughtnoun

The process of thinking; cogitation

sitting deep in thought at the computer.

Thinkverb

To reason about or reflect on; ponder

Think how complex language is. Think the matter through.

Thoughtnoun

A product of thinking or other mental activity

What are your thoughts on this matter?.

Thinkverb

To decide by reasoning, reflection, or pondering

thinking what to do.
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Thoughtnoun

The faculty of thinking or reasoning

Why not use thought instead of emotion to solve the problem?.

Thinkverb

To judge or regard; look upon

I think it only fair.

Thoughtnoun

The intellectual activity or production of a particular time or group

ancient Greek thought.deconstructionist thought.

Thinkverb

To believe; suppose

always thought he was right.

Thoughtnoun

Consideration; attention

didn't give much thought to what she said.

Thinkverb

To expect; hope

They thought she'd arrive early.
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Thoughtnoun

Intention; purpose

My thought is to live in a house on a lake.

Thinkverb

To intend

She thinks to defeat the incumbent in the election.

Thoughtnoun

Expectation or conception

She had no thought that anything was wrong.

Thinkverb

To call to mind; remember

I can't think what her name was.

Thoughtnoun

Form created in the mind, rather than the forms perceived through the five senses; an instance of thinking.

Thinkverb

To visualize; imagine

Think what a scene it will be at the reunion.

Thoughtnoun

(uncountable) The process by which such forms arise or are manipulated; thinking.

Thinkverb

To devise or evolve; invent

thought up a plan to get rich quick.

Thoughtnoun

A way of thinking (associated with a group, nation or region).

"Eastern thought".

Thinkverb

To bring into a given condition by mental preoccupation

He thought himself into a panic over the impending examination.

Thoughtverb

simple past tense and past participle of think

Thinkverb

To concentrate one's thoughts on; keep as a point of focus

Think victory.

Thoughtnoun

the content of cognition; the main thing you are thinking about;

it was not a good ideathe thought never entered my mind

Thinkverb

To exercise the power of reason, as by conceiving ideas, drawing inferences, and using judgment

My cold made it difficult to think.

Thoughtnoun

the process of thinking (especially thinking carefully);

thinking always made him frownshe paused for thought

Thinkverb

To consider or weigh an idea

They are thinking about moving.

Thoughtnoun

the organized beliefs of a period or group or individual;

19th century thoughtDarwinian thought

Thinkverb

To bring a thought to mind by using the imagination

No one before had thought of bifocal glasses.

Thoughtnoun

a personal belief or judgment that is not founded on proof or certainty;

my opinion differs from yourswhat are your thoughts on Haiti?

Thinkverb

To recall a thought or an image to mind

She thought of her childhood when she saw the movie.

Thinkverb

To have a belief, supposition, or opinion

He thinks of himself as a wit. It's later than you think.

Thinkverb

To have care or consideration

Think first of the ones you love.

Thinkverb

To use the mind in a certain way

He thinks just like you do—always worrying.

Thinkadjective

Requiring much thought to create or assimilate

a think book.

Thinknoun

The act or an instance of deliberate or extended thinking; a meditation.

Thinkverb

(transitive) To ponder, to go over in one's head.

Idly, the detective thought what his next move should be.

Thinkverb

(intransitive) To communicate to oneself in one's mind, to try to find a solution to a problem.

I thought for three hours about the problem and still couldn’t find the solution.

Thinkverb

(intransitive) To conceive of something or someone (usually followed by of; infrequently, by on).

I tend to think of her as rather ugly.

Thinkverb

(transitive) To be of opinion (that); to consider, judge, regard, or look upon (something) as.

At the time I thought his adamant refusal to give in right.I hope you won’t think me stupid if I ask you what that means.I think she is pretty, contrary to most people.

Thinkverb

(transitive) To guess; to reckon.

I think she’ll pass the examination.

Thinkverb

To plan; to be considering; to be of a mind (to do something).

Thinkverb

To presume; to venture.

Thinkverb

To seem, to appear.

Thinknoun

An act of thinking; consideration (of something).

I'll have a think about that and let you know.

Thinknoun

an instance of deliberate thinking;

I need to give it a good think

Thinkverb

judge or regard; look upon; judge;

I think he is very smartI believe her to be very smartI think that he is her boyfriendThe racist conceives such people to be inferior

Thinkverb

expect, believe, or suppose;

I imagine she earned a lot of money with her new novelI thought to find her in a bad statehe didn't think to find her in the kitchenI guess she is angry at me for standing her up

Thinkverb

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

Thinkverb

recall knowledge from memory; have a recollection;

I can't remember saying any such thingI can't think what her last name wascan you remember her phone number?Do you remember that he once loved you?call up memories

Thinkverb

imagine or visualize;

Just think--you could be rich one day!Think what a scene it must have been!

Thinkverb

focus one's attention on a certain state;

Think bigthink thin

Thinkverb

have in mind as a purpose;

I mean no harmI only meant to help youShe didn't think to harm meWe thought to return early that night

Thinkverb

decide by pondering, reasoning, or reflecting;

Can you think what to do next?

Thinkverb

ponder; reflect on, or reason about;

Think the matter throughThink how hard life in Russia must be these days

Thinkverb

dispose the mind in a certain way;

Do you really think so?

Thinkverb

have or formulate in the mind;

think good thoughts

Thinkverb

be capable of conscious thought;

Man is the only creature that thinks

Thinkverb

bring into a given condition by mental preoccupation;

She thought herself into a state of panic over the final exam