To think is to have an idea, belief, or thought about something. If you think that your parents are unusually strict, it means that you believe that to be true.

The verb think means to reason, consider, or mull over. If you think for a while before you decide whether or not to get in your friend's car, it means that you're contemplating the situation before you act. If you think that people shouldn't eat animals, it means that you hold that opinion. If you think up a new, delicious way to cook broccoli, it means that you've invented or conceived of a great cooking method.

Primary Meanings of think

judge or regard; look upon; judge
be capable of conscious thought
an instance of deliberate thinking
expect, believe, or suppose
bring into a given condition by mental preoccupation
Full Definitions of think

v judge or regard; look upon; judge

“I think he is very smart”
“I think that he is her boyfriend”
believe, conceive, consider
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remain committed to
change one's mind
esteem, look on, look upon, regard as, repute, take to be, think of
look on as or consider
have a feeling or perception about oneself in reaction to someone's behavior or attitude
consider, reckon, regard, see, view
deem to be
consider reasonable or due
regard favorably or with disapproval
consider again; give new consideration to; usually with a view to changing
consider again (a bill) that had been voted upon before, with a view to altering it
consider as part of something
modify one's opinion, make it less strong
change one's mind and assume the opposite viewpoint
regard or treat with consideration, respect, and esteem
consider or regard as being
feel about or towards; consider, evaluate, or regard
relativise, relativize
consider or treat as relative
consider (oneself) as similar to somebody else
favor, favour
consider as the favorite
consider a concept without thinking of a specific example; consider abstractly or theoretically
consider an abstract concept to be real
idealise, idealize
consider or render as ideal
deem, hold, take for, view as
keep in mind or convey as a conviction or view
esteem, prise, prize, respect, value
regard highly; think much of
disesteem, disrespect
have little or no respect for; hold in contempt
consider as being
capitalise, capitalize
consider expenditures as capital assets rather than expenses
appreciate, prize, treasure, value
hold dear
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evaluate, judge, pass judgment
form a critical opinion of

v recall knowledge from memory; have a recollection

“I can't think what her last name was”
call back, call up, recall, recollect, remember, retrieve
blank out, block, draw a blank, forget
be unable to remember
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perceive as familiar
recognise, recognize
perceive to be the same
brush up, refresh, review
refresh one's memory
consider to be equal or the same

v have or formulate in the mind

think good thoughts”
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cerebrate, cogitate
use or exercise the mind or one's power of reason in order to make inferences, decisions, or arrive at a solution or judgments

v imagine or visualize

“Just think--you could be rich one day!”
Think what a scene it must have been!”
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conceive of, envisage, ideate, imagine
form a mental image of something that is not present or that is not the case

v decide by pondering, reasoning, or reflecting

“Can you think what to do next?”
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cerebrate, cogitate
use or exercise the mind or one's power of reason in order to make inferences, decisions, or arrive at a solution or judgments

v dispose the mind in a certain way

“Do you really think so?”
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believe, conceive, consider
judge or regard; look upon; judge

v be capable of conscious thought

“Man is the only creature that thinks

v 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”
cerebrate, cogitate
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puzzle over
try to solve
rationalise, rationalize
think rationally; employ logic or reason
philosophise, philosophize
reason philosophically
try to solve a problem by thinking intensely about it
chew over, contemplate, excogitate, meditate, mull, mull over, muse, ponder, reflect, ruminate, speculate, think over
reflect deeply on a subject
think logically
conclude, reason, reason out
decide by reasoning; draw or come to a conclusion
evaluate, judge, pass judgment
form a critical opinion of
contemplate, meditate, study
think intently and at length, as for spiritual purposes
make plans for something
associate, colligate, connect, link, link up, relate, tie in
make a logical or causal connection
center, centre, concentrate, focus, pore, rivet
direct one's attention on something
devote, give, pay
think about
have on one's mind, think about actively
absorb, engross, engulf, immerse, plunge, soak up, steep
devote (oneself) fully to
exercise, or have the power of, memory
rationalise away, rationalize away
substitute a natural for a supernatural explanation of
think or reflect beforehand or in advance
theologise, theologize
make theoretical speculations about theology or discuss theological subjects
reflect on one's own thoughts and feelings
form or construct theories
construct a theory about
reason methodologically and logically
reason or establish by induction
deduce, deduct, derive, infer
reason by deduction; establish by deduction
calculate, cipher, compute, cypher, figure, reckon, work out
make a mathematical calculation or computation
syllogise, syllogize
reason by syllogisms
categorise, categorize
place into or assign to a category
grade, order, place, range, rank, rate
assign a rank or rating to
have or maintain a position or stand on an issue
judge to be right or commendable; think well of
consider bad or wrong
plan for an activity or event
see fit or proper to act in a certain way; decide to act in a certain way
judge beforehand, especially without sufficient evidence
appraise, assess, evaluate, measure, valuate, value
evaluate or estimate the nature, quality, ability, extent, or significance of
appraise anew
consider or ponder something carefully
refuse to accept or acknowledge
consider or hold as true
believe, conceive, consider
judge or regard; look upon; judge
consider carefully and deeply; reflect upon; turn over in one's mind
plan in detail
project, propose
present for consideration, examination, criticism, etc.
compose, draw up, frame
make up plans or basic details for
plan secretly, usually something illegal
devise a system or form a scheme for
designate, destine, intend, specify
design or destine
direct, engineer, mastermind, orchestrate, organise, organize
plan and direct (a complex undertaking)
lay out
provide a detailed plan or design
calculate, count on, estimate, figure, forecast, reckon
judge to be probable
place into a mutual relationship
bring into a mutual, complementary, or reciprocal relation
conceive of as united or associated
associate freely
feel, find
come to believe on the basis of emotion, intuitions, or indefinite grounds
anticipate, expect
regard something as probable or likely
cause one's (or someone else's) thoughts or attention to return from a reverie or digression
be concerned with or about something or somebody
ascribe, assign, attribute, impute
attribute or credit to
have in mind, mean, think of
intend to refer to
consider, deal, look at, take
take into consideration for exemplifying purposes
assign, attribute
decide as to where something belongs in a scheme
make a schedule; plan the time and place for events
disapprove, reject
deem wrong or inappropriate
adjudge, declare, hold
declare to be
critique, review
appraise critically
question, wonder
place in doubt or express doubtful speculation
talk over conjecturally, or review in an idle or casual way and with an element of doubt or without sufficient reason to reach a conclusion
deduce, infer
conclude by reasoning; in logic
conclude from evidence
extrapolate, generalise, generalize, infer
draw from specific cases for more general cases
be uncertain about; think about without fully understanding or being able to decide
zoom in
examine closely; focus one's attention on
consider, study
give careful consideration to
hear, listen, take heed
listen and pay attention
judge unacceptable
accept or judge as acceptable
essay, examine, prove, test, try, try out
put to the test, as for its quality, or give experimental use to

v focus one's attention on a certain state

Think big”
think thin”
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center, centre, concentrate, focus, pore, rivet
direct one's attention on something

v ponder; reflect on, or reason about

Think the matter through”
Think how hard life in Russia must be these days”
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cerebrate, cogitate
use or exercise the mind or one's power of reason in order to make inferences, decisions, or arrive at a solution or judgments

n an instance of deliberate thinking

“I need to give it a good think
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advisement, deliberation, weighing
careful consideration

v expect, believe, or suppose

“I thought to find her in a bad state”
“he didn't think to find her in the kitchen”
guess, imagine, opine, reckon, suppose
hold in suspicion; believe to be guilty
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anticipate, expect
regard something as probable or likely

v have in mind as a purpose

“She didn't think to harm me”
“We thought to return early that night”
intend, mean
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intend or have as a purpose
be after, plan
have the will and intention to carry out some action
aim, propose, purport, purpose
propose or intend
think out
consider carefully and rationally
aim, aspire, draw a bead on, shoot for
have an ambitious plan or a lofty goal
go for, hope
intend with some possibility of fulfilment

v bring into a given condition by mental preoccupation

“She thought herself into a state of panic over the final exam”
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alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation