Think

I. think [think thinks thought thinking] verb, noun BrE [θɪŋk]
NAmE [θɪŋk]
verb (thought, thought BrE [θɔːt]
; NAmE [θɔːt]
) HAVE OPINION/BELIEF
1. transitive, intransitive (not used in the progressive tenses) to have a particular idea or opinion about sth/sb; to believe sth
~ (that)… Do you think (that) they'll come?
I thought I heard a scream.
I didn't think you liked sports.
Am I right in thinking that you used to live here?
I think this is their house, but I'm not sure.
He ought to resign, I think.
We'll need about 20 chairs, I should think.
it is thought that… It was once thought that the sun travelled around the earth.
~ sth (about sth) What did you think about the idea?
Well, I like it. What do you think.
~ so ‘Will we make it in time?’ ‘I think so.’
‘Is he any good?’ ‘I don't think so.’
~ sb/sth + adj. I think it highly unlikely that I'll get the job.
She thought him kind and generous.
sb/sth is thought to be sb/sth He's thought to be one of the richest men in Europe.  
USE MIND
2. intransitive, transitive to use your mind to consider sth, to form connected ideas, to try to solve problems, etc
Are animals able to think?
Let me think (= give me time before I answer).
~ (about sth) I can't tell you now— I'll have to think about it.
She had thought very deeply about this problem.
All he ever thinks about is money.
I'm sorry, I wasn't thinking (= said when you have upset or offended sb accidentally).
~ what, how, etc… He was trying to think what to do.
3. transitive (usually used in the progressive tenses) to have ideas, words or images in your mind
~ sth You're very quiet. What are you thinking?
~ what, how, etc… I was just thinking what a long way it is.
+ speech ‘I must be crazy,’ she thought.  
IMAGINE
4. transitive, no passive, intransitive to form an idea of sth; to imagine sth
~ where, how, etc… We couldn't think where you'd gone.
Just think how nice it would be to see them again.
~ (that)… I can't think (that) he would be so stupid.
~ (sth) Just think — we'll be lying on the beach this time tomorrow.
If I'm late home, my mother always thinks the worst.
Try to think yourself into the role.  
EXPECT
5. transitive to expect sth
~ (that)… I never thought (that) I'd see her again.
The job took longer than we thought.
You'd think she'd have been grateful for my help (= but she wasn't).
~ to do sth (formal) Who would have thought to find you here?  
IN A PARTICULAR WAY
6. intransitive, transitive (informal) no passive to think in a particular way or on a particular subject
+ adj. Let's think positive.
You need to think big (= aim to achieve a lot).
~ sth If you want to make money, you've got to think money.  
SHOWING ANGER/SURPRISE
7. transitive ~ (that)… used in questions to show that you are angry or surprised
What do you think you're doing?  
BEING LESS DEFINITE/MORE POLITE
8. transitive, intransitive used to make sth you say sound less definite or more polite
~ (that)… I thought we could go out tonight.
Twenty guests are enough, I would have thought.
Do you think you could open the window?
~ so ‘You've made a mistake.’ ‘I don't think so.’  
INTEND
9. transitive, intransitive ~ (that…) to intend sth; to have a plan about sth
I think I'll go for a swim.
I'm thinking in terms of about 70 guests at the wedding.  
REMEMBER
10. transitive to remember sth; to have sth come into your mind
~ to do sth I didn't think (= it did not occur to me) to tell her.
~ where, what, etc… I can't think where I put the keys.
more at see/think fit (to do sth) at fit adj., great minds think alike at great adj., speak/think ill of sb at ill adv., let me see/think at let v., I like to thinkI'd like to think at like v., think you own the place at own v.
Verb forms:
Word Origin:
Old English thencan, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch and German denken.
Language Bank:
according to
Reporting someone's opinion
Photography is, according to Vidal, the art form of untalented people.
For Vidal, photography is the art form of untalented people.
His view is that photography is not art but merely the mechanical reproduction of images.
Smith takes the view that photography is both an art and a science.
In Brown's view , photography should be treated as a legitimate art in its own right.
James is of the opinion that a good painter can always be a good photographer if he or she so decides.
Emerson believed that a photograph should only reflect what the human eye can see.
Language Banks at argue, opinion
Language Bank:
opinion
Giving your personal opinion
In my opinion , everyone should have some understanding of science.
Everyone should, in my opinion , have some understanding of science.
It seems to me that many people in this country have a poor understanding of science.
This is, in my view , the result of a failure of the scientific community to get its message across.
Another reason why so many people have such a poor understanding of science is, I believe , the lack of adequate funding for science in schools.
Smith argues that science is separate from culture. My own view is that science belongs with literature, art, philosophy and religion as an integral part of our culture.
In this writer's opinion , the more the public know about science, the less they will fear and distrust it.
Synonyms at think
Language Banks at according to, argue, impersonal, nevertheless, perhaps
Synonyms:
imagine
think see envisage envision
These words all mean to form an idea in your mind of what sb/sth might be like.
imagine • to form an idea in your mind of what sb/sth might be like: The house was just as she had imagined it.
think • to imagine sth that might happen or might have happened: We couldn't think where you'd gone. Just think — this time tomorrow we'll be lying on a beach.
see • to consider sth as a future possibility; to imagine sb as sth: I can't see her changing her mind. His colleagues see him as a future director.
envisage • (especially BrE) to imagine what will happen in the future: I don't envisage working with him again.
The usual word for this in American English is envision (see below).
envision • to imagine what a situation will be like in the future, especially a situation that you intend to work towards: They envision an equal society, free from poverty and disease.
Envision is used especially in business and political contexts. In North American English it is also used as another form of the word envisage: I don't envision working with him again.
to imagine/see/envisage/envision sb/sth as sth
to imagine/see/envisage/envision (sb) doing sth
to imagine/think/see/envisage/envision who/what/how…
to imagine/think/envisage/envision that…
Synonyms:
think
believe feel reckon be under the impression
These words all mean to have an idea that sth is true or possible or to have a particular opinion about sb/sth.
think • to have an idea that sth is true or possible, although you are not completely certain; to have a particular opinion about sb/sth: Do you think (that) they'll come? Well, I like it. What do you think?
believe • to have an idea that sth is true or possible, although you are not completely certain; to have a particular opinion about sb/sth: Police believe (that) the man may be armed.
think or believe?
When you are expressing an idea that you have or that sb has of what is true or possible, believe is more formal than think. It is used especially for talking about ideas that other people have; think is used more often for talking about your own ideas: Police believe… I think… When you are expressing an opinion, believe is stronger than think and is used especially for matters of principle; think is used more for practical matters or matters of personal taste.
feel • to have a particular opinion about sth that has happened or about what you/sb ought to do: We all felt (that) we were unlucky to lose.
reckon • (informal) to think that sth is true or possible: I reckon (that) I'm going to get that job.
be under the impression that… • to have an idea that sth is true: I was under the impression that the work had already been completed.
to think/believe/feel/reckon/be under the impression that…
It is thought/believed/reckoned that…
to be thought/believed/felt/reckoned to be sth
to think/believe/feel sth about sb/sth
to sincerely/honestly/seriously/mistakenly think/believe/feel
Example Bank:
Did you honestly think I would agree to that?
He seemed to have lost the ability to think rationally.
I hate to think what would have happened if we hadn't arrived.
I never thought you would carry out your threat.
I often think of Jane.
I personally think it's all been a lot of fuss over nothing.
I still don't know what he really thinks about it.
I suddenly thought of a way I could help.
I'm inclined to think we've been a little harsh on her.
She thought long and hard before accepting his offer.
That's my opinion, but you might think otherwise.
The drugs were affecting her and she couldn't think straight.
Think about what you are going to do next.
What can I do now? he thought frantically.
What did you think of the film?
You need to think big if you want to run this business.
You really should think again about that.
‘Is he any good?’ ‘I don't think so.’
‘Will we make it in time?’ ‘I think so.’
Am I right in thinking that you used to live here?
Do you think (that) they'll come?
He's thought to be one of the richest men in Europe.
I can't tell you now— I'll have to think about it.
I can't think (that) he would be so stupid.
I didn't think you liked sports.
I never thought (that) I'd see her again.
I think it highly unlikely that I'll get the job.
I think this is their house, but I'm not sure.
I'm sorry, I wasn't thinking.
It was once thought that the sun travelled around the earth.
Just think — this time tomorrow we'll be lying on a beach.
Let me think.
We couldn't think where you'd gone.
We'll need about 20 chairs, I should think.
Well, I like it. What do you think?
You'd think she'd have been grateful for my help.
You're very quiet. What are you thinking?
Idioms: I don't think so I thought as much come to think of it have a think if you think about it think again think better of it doing something think better of somebody think nothing of it think nothing of of doing something think on your feet think out loud think out of the box think straight think the world/highly/a lot/not much/poorly/little of somebody think twice about about doing something you've got another think coming
Derived: think ahead think back think for yourself think of somebody think of somebody as somebody think of something think something out think something over think something through think something up
noun singular
Word Origin:
Old English thencan, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch and German denken.
II. to think (that…) idiom
used to show that you are surprised or shocked by sth
To think that my mother wrote all those books and I never knew!
Main entry: thinkidiom

WordNet Dictionary:
I
noun
an instance of deliberate thinking
- I need to give it a good think
II
verb
1. judge or regard; look upon; judge
- I think he is very smart
- I believe her to be very smart
- I think that he is her boyfriend
- The racist conceives such people to be inferior
Syn: believe, consider, conceive
- I imagine she earned a lot of money with her new novel
- I thought to find her in a bad state
- he didn't think to find her in the kitchen
- I guess she is angry at me for standing her up
Syn: opine, suppose, imagine, reckon, guess
- I've been thinking all day and getting nowhere
Syn: cogitate, cerebrate
- I can't remember saying any such thing
- I can't think what her last name was
- can you remember her phone number?
- Do you remember that he once loved you?
- call up memories
Syn: remember, retrieve, recall, call back, call up, recollect
Ant: forget (for: remember)
5. imagine or visualize
- Just think--you could be rich one day!
- Think what a scene it must have been!
- Think big
- think thin
- I mean no harm
- I only meant to help you
- She didn't think to harm me
- We thought to return early that night
Syn: intend, mean
- They think to move
8. decide by pondering, reasoning, or reflecting
- Can you think what to do next?
- I'm thinking about my friends abroad
- She always thinks about her children first
2. take into consideration, have in view
- He entertained the notion of moving to South America
Syn: entertain, think of, toy with, flirt with

Webster's 1913 Dictionary:
v. t.1.To seem or appear; - used chiefly in the expressions methinketh or methinks, and methought.
[imp. & p. p. Thought ; p. pr. & vb. n. Thinking.]
2.To employ any of the intellectual powers except that of simple perception through the senses; to exercise the higher intellectual faculties.
For that I am
I know, because I think.
3.To call anything to mind; to remember; as, I would have sent the books, but I did not think of it.
Well thought upon; I have it here.
4.To reflect upon any subject; to muse; to meditate; to ponder; to consider; to deliberate.
And when he thought thereon, he wept.
He thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits?
5.To form an opinion by reasoning; to judge; to conclude; to believe; as, I think it will rain to-morrow.
Let them marry to whom they think best.
6.To purpose; to intend; to design; to mean.
I thought to promote thee unto great honor.
Thou thought'st to help me.
7.To presume; to venture.
Think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father.
To think better of
See under Better.
To think much of
to hold in esteem; to esteem highly.
1.To conceive; to imagine.
Charity . . . thinketh no evil.
2.To plan or design; to plot; to compass.
So little womanhood
And natural goodness, as to think the death
Of her own son.
3.To believe; to consider; to esteem.
Nor think superfluous other's aid.
To think much
to esteem a great matter; to grudge.
To think scorn
a - To disdain.
b - To feel indignation.
n.1.Act of thinking; a thought.

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