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v. thought (thôt), think·ing, thinks
1. To have or formulate in the mind: Think the happiest thought you can think.
a. To reason about or reflect on; ponder: Think how complex language is. Think the matter through.
b. To decide by reasoning, reflection, or pondering: thinking what to do.
a. To judge or regard; look upon: I think it only fair.
b. To believe; suppose: always thought he was right.
a. To expect; hope: They thought she'd arrive early.
b. To intend: She thinks to defeat the incumbent in the election.
a. To call to mind; remember: I can't think what her name was.
b. To visualize; imagine: Think what a scene it will be at the reunion.
c. To devise or evolve; invent: thought up a plan to get rich quick.
6. To bring into a given condition by mental preoccupation: He thought himself into a panic over the impending examination.
7. To concentrate one's thoughts on; keep as a point of focus: Think victory.
1. To exercise the power of reason, as by conceiving ideas, drawing inferences, and using judgment: My cold made it difficult to think.
2. To consider or weigh an idea: They are thinking about moving.
a. To bring a thought to mind by using the imagination: No one before had thought of bifocal glasses.
b. To recall a thought or an image to mind: She thought of her childhood when she saw the movie.
4. To have a belief, supposition, or opinion: He thinks of himself as a wit. It's later than you think.
5. To have care or consideration: Think first of the ones you love.
6. To use the mind in a certain way: He thinks just like you do—always worrying.
adj. Informal
Requiring much thought to create or assimilate: a think book.
The act or an instance of deliberate or extended thinking; a meditation.
come to think of it Informal
When one considers the matter; on reflection: Come to think of it, that road back there was the one we were supposed to take.
think aloud/out loud
To speak one's thoughts audibly.
think better of
To change one's mind about; reconsider.
think big
To plan ambitiously or on a grand scale.
think little of
To regard as inferior; have a poor opinion of.
think nothing of
To give little consideration to; regard as routine or usual: thought nothing of a 50-mile trip every day.
think twice
To weigh something carefully: I'd think twice before spending all that money on clothes.

[Middle English thenken, from Old English thencan; see tong- in Indo-European roots.]
Synonyms: think, cerebrate, cogitate, reason, reflect
These verbs mean to use the powers of the mind, as in conceiving ideas or drawing inferences: thought before answering; sat in front of the fire cerebrating; cogitates about business problems; reasons clearly; took time to reflect before deciding.


vb, thinks, thinking or thought
1. (tr; may take a clause as object) to consider, judge, or believe: he thinks my ideas impractical.
2. (often foll by: about) to exercise the mind as in order to make a decision; ponder
3. (intr) to be capable of conscious thought: man is the only animal that thinks.
4. to remember; recollect: I can't think what his name is.
5. (foll by: of) to make the mental choice (of): think of a number.
6. (may take a clause as object or an infinitive)
a. to expect; suppose: I didn't think to see you here.
b. to be considerate or aware enough (to do something): he did not think to thank them.
7. (foll by: of) to consider; regard: she thinks of herself as a poet.
8. (intr) to focus the attention on being: think thin; think big.
9. (tr) to bring into or out of a specified condition by thinking: to think away one's fears.
10. I don't think slang a phrase added to an ironical statement: you're the paragon of virtue, I don't think.
11. think again to reconsider one's decision, opinion, etc
12. think better of
a. to change one's mind about (a course of action, decision, etc)
b. to have a more favourable opinion of (a person)
13. think much of (usually negative) to have a high opinion of
14. think nothing of
a. to regard as routine, easy, or natural
b. to have no compunction or hesitation about
c. to have a very low opinion of
15. think twice to consider carefully before deciding (about something)
16. informal a careful, open-minded assessment: let's have a fresh think about this problem.
17. (modifier) informal characterized by or involving thinkers, thinking, or thought: a think session.
18. you've got another think coming slang you are mistaken and will soon have to alter your opinion
[Old English thencan; related to Old Frisian thenza, Old Saxon thenkian, Old High German denken, Old Norse thekkja, Gothic thagkjan]
ˈthinker n



v. thought, think•ing,
adj., n. v.i.
1. to have a conscious mind, capable of reasoning, remembering, and making rational decisions.
2. to employ one's mind rationally in evaluating a given situation: Think carefully.
3. to have a certain thing as the subject of one's thoughts: thinking about school.
4. to call something to one's conscious mind: to think of a number.
5. to consider something as a possible action: to think about cutting one's hair.
6. to invent or conceive of something: to think of a plan.
7. to have consideration or regard for someone: to think of others.
8. to consider a person or thing as indicated: to think well of someone.
9. to have a belief or opinion: I think she is funny.
10. to have in the mind as an idea: thinking nice things.
11. to evaluate for possible action upon: Think the deal over.
12. to regard as specified: He thought me unkind.
13. to believe to be true of someone or something: to think evil of them.
14. to have as a plan: We think that we will go.
15. to anticipate or expect: I did not think to call you.
16. think out or through,
a. to understand or solve by thinking.
b. to devise; contrive: to think out a plan.
17. pertaining to thinking or thought.
18. the act or a period of thinking: First, give it a good think.
1. think better of, to reconsider.
2. think little or nothing of, to regard as insignificant.
3. think twice, to consider carefully before acting.
[before 900; Middle English thinken, variant of thenken, Old English thencan, c. Old Frisian thensz(i)a, Old Saxon thenkian, Old High German t(h)enken, Old Norse thekkja, Gothic thagkjan to think, plan]


The verb think is used in several different ways. Its past tense and -ed participle is thought.

1. used with a that-clause

You can use think with a that-clause when you are giving your opinion about something or mentioning a decision that you have made.

I think you should go.
I thought I'd wait.

When you use think like this, you usually use a simple form, but in conversation you can use a progressive form, especially if you want to emphasize that your opinion or decision might change.

I have too many books. I'm thinking I might sell some of them.

Instead of saying that you think something is not the case, you usually say that you don't think it is the case.

I don't think this will work.
I don't think there is any doubt about that.
2. 'I think so'

If someone asks you whether something is the case, you can express your opinion that it is probably the case by saying 'I think so'. Don't say 'I think it'.

'Do you think my mother will be all right?' – 'I think so.'

If you want to reply that something is probably not the case, you usually say 'I don't think so'.

'I have another friend, Barbara Robson. Do you know her?' – 'I don't think so.'
'Are you going to be sick?' – 'I don't think so.'
3. using a progressive form

When someone is thinking, they are considering something. When you use think with this meaning, you often use a progressive form.

I'll fix us both a sandwich while I'm thinking.
You have been thinking, haven't you?

You also use a progressive form when you are talking about what is in someone's mind at a particular time.

That's what I was thinking.
It's very difficult to guess what the other people are thinking.

You can say that someone is thinking about something or someone, or is thinking of something or someone.

I spent hours thinking about the letter.
She was thinking of her husband.

If you are considering doing something, you can say that you are thinking of doing it.

I was thinking of leaving home.

Be Careful!
Don't say 'I was thinking to leave home'.


Past participle: thought
Gerund: thinking

I think
you think
he/she/it thinks
we think
you think
they think
I thought
you thought
he/she/it thought
we thought
you thought
they thought
Present Continuous
I am thinking
you are thinking
he/she/it is thinking
we are thinking
you are thinking
they are thinking
Present Perfect
I have thought
you have thought
he/she/it has thought
we have thought
you have thought
they have thought
Past Continuous
I was thinking
you were thinking
he/she/it was thinking
we were thinking
you were thinking
they were thinking
Past Perfect
I had thought
you had thought
he/she/it had thought
we had thought
you had thought
they had thought
I will think
you will think
he/she/it will think
we will think
you will think
they will think
Future Perfect
I will have thought
you will have thought
he/she/it will have thought
we will have thought
you will have thought
they will have thought
Future Continuous
I will be thinking
you will be thinking
he/she/it will be thinking
we will be thinking
you will be thinking
they will be thinking
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been thinking
you have been thinking
he/she/it has been thinking
we have been thinking
you have been thinking
they have been thinking
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been thinking
you will have been thinking
he/she/it will have been thinking
we will have been thinking
you will have been thinking
they will have been thinking
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been thinking
you had been thinking
he/she/it had been thinking
we had been thinking
you had been thinking
they had been thinking
I would think
you would think
he/she/it would think
we would think
you would think
they would think
Past Conditional
I would have thought
you would have thought
he/she/it would have thought
we would have thought
you would have thought
they would have thought
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.think - an instance of deliberate thinkingthink - an instance of deliberate thinking; "I need to give it a good think"
advisement, weighing, deliberation - careful consideration; "a little deliberation would have deterred them"
colloquialism - a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
Verb1.think - 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"
hold - remain committed to; "I hold to these ideas"
pass judgment, evaluate, judge - form a critical opinion of; "I cannot judge some works of modern art"; "How do you evaluate this grant proposal?" "We shouldn't pass judgment on other people"
rethink - change one's mind; "He rethought his decision to take a vacation"
think - dispose the mind in a certain way; "Do you really think so?"
look upon, regard as, repute, take to be, esteem, look on, think of - look on as or consider; "she looked on this affair as a joke"; "He thinks of himself as a brilliant musician"; "He is reputed to be intelligent"
feel - have a feeling or perception about oneself in reaction to someone's behavior or attitude; "She felt small and insignificant"; "You make me feel naked"; "I made the students feel different about themselves"
consider, regard, view, reckon, see - deem to be; "She views this quite differently from me"; "I consider her to be shallow"; "I don't see the situation quite as negatively as you do"
2.think - expect, believe, or suppose; "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"
anticipate, expect - regard something as probable or likely; "The meteorologists are expecting rain for tomorrow"
suspect - hold in suspicion; believe to be guilty; "The U.S. suspected Bin Laden as the mastermind behind the terrorist attacks"
3.think - 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"
puzzle over - try to solve
rationalise, rationalize - think rationally; employ logic or reason; "When one wonders why one is doing certain things, one should rationalize"
think - have or formulate in the mind; "think good thoughts"
philosophise, philosophize - reason philosophically
brainstorm - try to solve a problem by thinking intensely about it
meditate, mull, mull over, muse, ponder, chew over, think over, excogitate, reflect, ruminate, speculate, contemplate - reflect deeply on a subject; "I mulled over the events of the afternoon"; "philosophers have speculated on the question of God for thousands of years"; "The scientist must stop to observe and start to excogitate"
reason - think logically; "The children must learn to reason"
conclude, reason, reason out - decide by reasoning; draw or come to a conclusion; "We reasoned that it was cheaper to rent than to buy a house"
pass judgment, evaluate, judge - form a critical opinion of; "I cannot judge some works of modern art"; "How do you evaluate this grant proposal?" "We shouldn't pass judgment on other people"
meditate, contemplate, study - think intently and at length, as for spiritual purposes; "He is meditating in his study"
plan - make plans for something; "He is planning a trip with his family"
associate, colligate, link, relate, tie in, connect, link up - make a logical or causal connection; "I cannot connect these two pieces of evidence in my mind"; "colligate these facts"; "I cannot relate these events at all"
focus, pore, rivet, center, centre, concentrate - direct one's attention on something; "Please focus on your studies and not on your hobbies"
devote, pay, give - dedicate; "give thought to"; "give priority to"; "pay attention to"
think about - have on one's mind, think about actively; "I'm thinking about my friends abroad"; "She always thinks about her children first"
think - ponder; reflect on, or reason about; "Think the matter through"; "Think how hard life in Russia must be these days"
think - decide by pondering, reasoning, or reflecting; "Can you think what to do next?"
think out - consider carefully and rationally; "Every detail has been thought out"
meditate, mull, mull over, muse, ponder, chew over, think over, excogitate, reflect, ruminate, speculate, contemplate - reflect deeply on a subject; "I mulled over the events of the afternoon"; "philosophers have speculated on the question of God for thousands of years"; "The scientist must stop to observe and start to excogitate"
dream up, think up, hatch, concoct, think of - devise or invent; "He thought up a plan to get rich quickly"; "no-one had ever thought of such a clever piece of software"
4.think - recall knowledge from memory; have a recollection; "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"
know - perceive as familiar; "I know this voice!"
recognize, recognise - perceive to be the same
brush up, refresh, review - refresh one's memory; "I reviewed the material before the test"
think back, remember - recapture the past; indulge in memories; "he remembered how he used to pick flowers"
5.think - imagine or visualize; "Just think--you could be rich one day!"; "Think what a scene it must have been!"
conceive of, envisage, ideate, imagine - form a mental image of something that is not present or that is not the case; "Can you conceive of him as the president?"
6.think - focus one's attention on a certain state; "Think big"; "think thin"
focus, pore, rivet, center, centre, concentrate - direct one's attention on something; "Please focus on your studies and not on your hobbies"
7.think - have in mind as a purposethink - have in mind as a purpose; "I mean no harm"; "I only meant to help you"; "She didn't think to harm me"; "We thought to return early that night"
design - intend or have as a purpose; "She designed to go far in the world of business"
be after, plan - have the will and intention to carry out some action; "He plans to be in graduate school next year"; "The rebels had planned turmoil and confusion"
purpose, purport, aim, propose - propose or intend; "I aim to arrive at noon"
8.think - decide by pondering, reasoning, or reflecting; "Can you think what to do next?"
cerebrate, cogitate, think - 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"
think - ponder; reflect on, or reason about; "Think the matter through"; "Think how hard life in Russia must be these days"
9.think - ponder; reflect on, or reason about; "Think the matter through"; "Think how hard life in Russia must be these days"
cerebrate, cogitate, think - 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"
think - decide by pondering, reasoning, or reflecting; "Can you think what to do next?"
10.think - dispose the mind in a certain way; "Do you really think so?"
think, believe, conceive, consider - 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"
11.think - have or formulate in the mind; "think good thoughts"
cerebrate, cogitate, think - 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"
12.think - be capable of conscious thought; "Man is the only creature that thinks"
13.think - bring into a given condition by mental preoccupation; "She thought herself into a state of panic over the final exam"
alter, change, modify - cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"


1. believe, hold that, be of the opinion, conclude, esteem, conceive, be of the view I think there should be a ban on tobacco advertising.
2. anticipate, expect, figure (U.S. informal), suppose, imagine, guess (informal, chiefly U.S. & Canad.), reckon (informal), presume, envisage, foresee, surmise I think he'll do a great job for us.
3. judge, consider, estimate, reckon, deem, regard as She thought he was about seventeen years old.
4. ponder, reflect, contemplate, deliberate, brood, meditate, ruminate, cogitate, rack your brains, be lost in thought, cerebrate She closed her eyes for a moment, trying to think.
5. remember, recall, recollect, review, think back to, bring to mind, call to mind I was trying to think what else we had to do.
6. consider, contemplate, think about, weigh up, mull over, chew over, entertain the idea, give thought to, deliberate about He was thinking of taking legal action against her.
1. (Informal) ponder, consideration, muse, assessment, reflection, deliberation, contemplation I'll have a think about that.
think about something or someone ponder, consider, mull over, have in mind, weigh up, chew over (informal), reason over, turn over in your mind, revolve in your mind I have often thought about this problem.
think better of something change your mind about, reconsider, decide against, think again, go back on, think twice about, repent, have second thoughts about He opened his mouth to protest. Then he thought better of it.
think much of or a lot of something or someone have a high opinion of, value, respect, admire, esteem, rate (slang), hold in high regard, attach importance to, set store by, think highly of We think a lot of him, and believe he could go a long way.
think nothing of something
1. have no compunction about, have no hesitation about, take in your stride I thought nothing of betting £1,000 on a horse.
2. consider unimportant, set no store by, regard as routine One of his friends kept coming to the house, but I thought nothing of it.
think something over consider, contemplate, ponder, reflect upon, give thought to, consider the pros and cons of, weigh up, rack your brains about, chew over (informal), mull over, turn over in your mind She says she needs time to think it over.
think something up devise, create, imagine, manufacture, come up with, invent, contrive, improvise, visualize, concoct, dream something up, trump something up 'Where did you get that idea?' 'I just thought it up.'
"I think, therefore I am" [René Descartes Le Discours de la Méthode]


verbthink about
2. To use the powers of the mind, as in conceiving ideas, drawing inferences, and making judgments:
3. To view in a certain way:
4. To regard in an appraising way:
5. To have an opinion:
Informal: figure, judge.
Idiom: be of the opinion.
6. To renew an image or thought in the mind:
7. To form mental images of:
Informal: feature.
phrasal verb
think about
To care enough to keep (someone) in mind:
phrasal verb
think of
1. To receive (an idea) and take it into consideration:
2. To care enough to keep (someone) in mind:
phrasal verb
think outphrasal verb
think overphrasal verb
think through
To think or think about carefully and at length:
Idioms: cudgel one's brains, put on one's thinking cap, rack one's brain.
phrasal verb
think up
To use ingenuity in making, developing, or achieving:
Informal: cook up.
Idiom: come up with.
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[θɪŋk] (thought (vb: pt, pp))
1. (= exercise mind) → pensar; (= ponder) → reflexionar
I think, therefore I ampienso, luego existo
give me time to thinkdame tiempo para reflexionar
to act without thinkingactuar sin pensar
think before you replypiénselo antes de contestar
I'm sorry, I wasn't thinkinglo siento, estaba distraído
now let me think, where did I last see it?a ver, déjame pensar, ¿cuándo lo vi por última vez?
to think about sth (= occupy one's thoughts with) → pensar en algo; (= consider) → pensar algo
what are you thinking about?¿en qué estás pensando?
you've given us a lot to think aboutnos ha dado mucho en que pensar
I'll think about itlo voy a pensar
it's worth thinking aboutvale la pena de pensarlo
you think too much about moneyle das demasiada importancia al dinero
what he said made me think againlo que dijo hizo que me lo volviera a pensar
did you think I was going to give you the money? well, think again!¿creíste que iba a darte el dinero? ¡vamos, piensa un poco!
to think aloudpensar en voz alta
think carefully before you replypiénsalo bien antes de responder
to think for o.spensar por sí mismo
to think (long and) hardpensar mucho
I think of you always, I am always thinking of youpienso constantemente en ti
I'll be thinking of youme acordaré de ti
think of me tomorrow in the examacuérdate de mí mañana, haciendo el examen
to think straightconcentrarse
to think twice before doing sthpensar algo dos veces antes de hacerlo
we didn't think twice about itno vacilamos un instante
2. (= imagine) → imaginarse
just think!¡fíjate!, ¡imagínate!, ¡te das cuenta!
think of the expenseimagínate lo que costaría
think of what might have happened!¡piensa en lo que podía haber ocurrido!
and to think of her going there alone!¡y pensar que ella fue allí sola!
3. (= remember) you can't think of everythingno se puede estar en todo
now I come to think of itahora que lo pienso ...
I couldn't think of the right wordno pude acordarme de la palabra exacta
4. (= have opinion)
see what you think about it and let me knowpiénsalo y dime luego tu opinión
I didn't think much of the playla obra no me convenció, la obra no me gustó mucho
we don't think much of himtenemos un concepto más bien bajo de él
what do you think of it?¿qué te parece?
what do you think of him?¿qué opinas de él?, ¿qué te parece (él)?
to think highly of sbtener muy buena opinión de algn, tener a algn en muy buen concepto
I told him what I thought of himle dije lo que pensaba de él
see also well 2 A1
5. (= consider, take into account) to think of other people's feelingspensar en or tener en cuenta los sentimientos de los demás
one has to think of the expensehay que pensar en lo que se gasta
there are the children to think abouthay que pensar en los niños
he thinks of nobody but himselfno piensa más que en sí mismo
6. to think of (= wonder about, dream up) I thought of going to Spainpensé en ir a España
have you ever thought of going to Cuba?¿has pensado alguna vez en ir a Cuba?
don't you ever think of washing?¿no se te ocurre alguna vez lavarte?
whatever were you thinking of?¿cómo se te ocurrió hacer eso?
I was the one who thought of it firstfui yo quien tuve la idea primero
whatever will he think of next?¡a ver qué es lo que se le ocurre ahora!
7. (= choose) think of a numberpiensa en un número
1. (= cogitate) → pensar
to think great thoughtspensar cosas profundas, tener pensamientos profundos
to think evil thoughtstener malos pensamientos
think what you've donepiense en lo que hizo
2. (= believe) → creer
I think (that) it is truecreo que es verdad
I don't think it can be doneno creo que se pueda hacer
you must think me very rudeva a creer que soy muy descortés
we all thought him a foollo teníamos todos por idiota
he thinks himself very cleverse cree muy listo
I don't think it likelylo creo or me parece muy poco probable
I think (that) you're wrongme parece que estás equivocado
she's very pretty, don't you think?es muy guapa, ¿no crees?
he'll be back, I don't think!¿que volverá? ¡no creo!
I think notcreo que no
I think socreo que sí, me parece que sí
I don't think socreo que no
now I don't know what to thinkahora estoy en duda
what do you think I should do?¿qué crees que debo hacer?
what do you think you're doing?¿se puede saber lo que estás haciendo?
who do you think you are?¿quién te crees que eres?
who do you think you are to come marching in here?y tú ¿qué derecho crees tener para entrar aquí tan fresco?
anyone would think she was dyingcualquiera diría que se estaba muriendo
I would have thought thathubiera creído que ...
that's what you think!¡(que) te crees tú eso!
3. (= imagine) → imaginar(se)
think what we could do with that house!¡imagina lo que podríamos hacer con esa casa!
to think she once slept here!¡pensar que ella durmió aquí una vez!
I can't think what he can wantno me puedo imaginar qué quiere
I can't think what you meanno llego a entender lo que quieres decir
I thought as muchya me lo figuraba, ya lo sabía
I never thought thatnunca pensé or imaginé que ...
who'd have thought it?¿quién lo diría?
who'd have thought it possible?¿quién se lo hubiera imaginado?
4. (= remember) → recordar
try to think where you last saw itintenta recordar dónde lo viste por última vez
5. (= be of opinion) → opinar
this is my new dress, what do you think?éste es mi vestido nuevo, ¿qué te parece? or ¿qué opinas?
I think we should wait, what do you think?creo que deberíamos esperar, ¿qué opinas?
6. (= envisage, have idea) I was thinking thatestaba pensando que ...
did you think to bring a corkscrew?¿te acordaste de traer un sacacorchos?
I didn't think to tell himno se me ocurrió decírselo
I thought/I'd thought I might go swimmingpensé/había pensado en ir a nadar
7. (= expect) → pensar, esperar
I didn't think to see you hereno pensaba or esperaba verte aquí
I came here thinking to get some answersvine aquí pensando que obtendría or esperando recibir algunas respuestas
I never thought to hear that from younunca pensé que te oiría decir eso, nunca esperé oírte decir eso
we little thought thatestábamos lejos de pensar que ...
"is she going?" - "I should/shouldn't think so"-¿va a ir? -yo diría que sí/no
"I paid him for it" - "I should think so too!"-se lo he pagadofaltaría más!
C. N to have a think
I'll have a think about itlo pensaré
I was just having a quiet thinkmeditaba tranquilamente
if you think that, you've got another think comingsi crees eso, te equivocas
D. CPD think piece N (Press) → artículo m de opinión
think tank Ngrupo m de expertos; (in government) → gabinete m de estrategia
think back VI + ADVrecordar
try to think backtrata de recordar
I think back to that moment whenrecuerdo ese momento cuando ...
when I think back over my lifecuando hago un repaso de mi vida
think out VT + ADV [+ plan] → elaborar; [+ problem] → meditar a fondo; [+ solution, response] → encontrar
I need to think out what I'm going to dotengo que planear bien lo que voy a hacer
his ideas are well thought outtiene ideas muy elaboradas
a well thought out answeruna respuesta muy elaborada
he thinks things out for himselfrazona por sí mismo
think over VT + ADV [+ offer, suggestion] → pensar, considerar
I'll think it overlo pensaré
think it over!¡piénsatelo!, ¡piénsalo!
I've thought it over very carefullylo he pensado muy bien
think through VT + ADV [+ plan] → planear detenidamente, planear cuidadosamente; [+ objectives] → pensar detenidamente en, pensar cuidadosamente en
this plan has not been properly thought througheste proyecto no ha sido planeado con el debido cuidado
we need to think through the implications of this proposaltenemos que considerar or examinar detenidamente las implicaciones de esta propuesta
think up VT + ADV [+ plan] → idear; [+ idea] → tener; [+ solution] → idear, inventar
who thought this one up?¿quién ideó esto?, ¿a quién se le ocurrió esto?


[ˈθɪŋk] [thought] [ˈθɔːt] (pt, pp)
(make mental effort)réfléchir, penser
She closed her eyes, trying to think → Elle ferma les yeux, en essayant de penser., Elle ferma les yeux, en essayant de réfléchir.
He thought for a moment, but said nothing → Il réfléchit un moment, mais ne dit rien.
Let me think → Laisse-moi réfléchir.
Think carefully before you reply → Réfléchis bien avant de répondre.
think again! → attention, réfléchis bien!
to think aloud → penser tout haut
(have particular way of thinking)penser
He was brought up to think that way → Il a été éduqué à penser ainsi.
to think positive → être positif/ive
to think big → voir grand
(= imagine) → s'imaginer
just think ... (= imagine) → imagine-toi ...
(have opinion or belief) to think (that) ... → penser que ...
I think you're wrong → Je pense que vous avez tort.
how old do you think I am? → quel âge me donnes-tu?
I think so → oui, je crois
I don't think so → je ne crois pas
to be thought to have done sth
He is thought to have survived → On pense qu'il est encore vivant.
Up to 150 people are thought to have died in the earthquake
BUT Plus de 150 personnes auraient trouvé la mort lors du tremblement de terre.
(= have in one's thoughts) → penser à
What are you thinking? → À quoi penses-tu?
to think positive thoughts → penser à des choses positives
to think how ...
I remember thinking how sweet he looked → Je me souviens avoir pensé combien il était mignon.
(= give thought to) → penser à
We had to think what to do next → Nous avons dû penser à ce qu'il fallait faire après.
(= imagine) → s'imaginer, imaginer
Think what life would be like without cars → Imaginez la vie sans voitures.
(= remember) → se rappeler, se souvenir
I was trying to think what else we had to do → J'essayais de me rappeler de ce que l'on devait faire d'autre., J'essayais de me rappeler qu'est-ce qu'on devait faire d'autre.
(= expect) to think (that) ... → penser que ..., croire que ...
You'd think he'd remember to phone → On pourrait croire qu'il penserait à appeler.
(= intend) → croire que
I think I'll go for a walk → Je crois que je vais aller faire un tour.
(expressing anger, surprise)
Who does she think she is? → Pour qui elle se prend?
What were you thinking of? You shouldn't steal → Qu'est-ce qui t'a pris? On ne doit pas voler.
to have a think about sth → réfléchir à qch
I'll have a think about that → Je vais y réfléchir.
to have another think coming (British)se faire des illusions
think about
vt fus
(= have in one's thoughts) → penser à
What are you thinking about? → À quoi penses-tu?
(= give thought to) [+ offer, proposal, suggestion] → réfléchir à
I'll think about it → Je vais y réfléchir.
when you think about it ... → quand on y pense ...
thinking about it ... → quand on y pense ...
(= contemplate) to think about doing sth → penser à faire qch, envisager de faire qch
(= show consideration for) → penser à
Do you ever think about other people? → Est-ce que tu penses parfois aux autres?
(= have opinion about) → penser de
What do you think about the death penalty? → Que pensez-vous de la peine de mort?
think back
Thinking back, I don't know how I had the courage → Quand j'y repense, je me demande comment j'ai eu ce courage.
to think back to sth → repenser à qch
think of
vt fus
(= have in one's thoughts) → penser à
Think of me while I'm away! → Pense à moi quand je ne serai pas là!
come to think of it ... → quand on y pense ...
(= have opinion about) → penser de
What do you think of it? → Qu'en pensez-vous?
What did you think of them? → Qu'avez-vous pensé d'eux?
to think well of sb → avoir une haute opinion de qn
to think highly of sb → avoir une haute opinion de qn
to think nothing of doing sth → trouver qch normal
I thought nothing of it (= didn't pay attention) → je trouvais cela normal
think nothing of it (in reply to thanks)c'est tout naturel
(= regard) → considérer
to think of sb/sth as → considérer qn/qch comme
We all thought of him as a father → Nous le considérions tous comme un père.
He thinks of it as his home → Il la considère comme sa maison.
(= contemplate) → penser à, envisager de
to think of doing sth → penser à faire qch, envisager de faire qch
Is he still thinking of going away to Italy? → Est-ce qu'il pense encore à aller en Italie?
(= remember) → se rappeler de
I couldn't think of her name → Je ne me rappelais pas de son nom.
(= show consideration for) → penser à
I'm only thinking of you → Je ne fais que penser à toi.
He only ever thinks of himself → Il ne pense qu'à lui.
(= devise) [+ idea, way] → penser à
He thought of another way of getting out of the marriage → Il pensa à un autre moyen d'échapper au mariage.
I don't know why I never thought of that → Je ne sais pas pourquoi je n'y avais jamais pensé avant.
think out
vt sep [+ plan] → bien réfléchir à
The book is very well thought out → Le livre est très bien conçu.
think over
vt sepbien réfléchir à
I'd like to think things over → J'aimerais bien y réfléchir., J'aimerais bien y réfléchir un peu.
I'll think it over → Je vais y réfléchir.
think through
vt sepbien réfléchir à
think up
vt sepinventer


vb: pret, ptp <thought>
videnken; to think to oneselfsich (dat)denken; I was just sitting there thinking to myselfich saß so in Gedanken da; think before you speak/actdenk nach or überleg, bevor du sprichst/handelst; do animals think?können Tiere denken?; to act without thinkingunüberlegt handeln; (= stupidly also)unbedacht handeln; think again!denk noch mal nach; so you think I’ll give you the money? well, you’d better think again!du denkst also, ich gebe dir das Geld? das hast du dir (wohl) gedacht!; it makes you thinkes macht or stimmt einen nachdenklich; I need time to thinkich brauche Zeit zum Nachdenken; it’s so noisy you can’t hear yourself thinkbei so einem Lärm kann doch kein Mensch denken; now let me thinklass (mich) mal überlegen or nachdenken; stop and think before you make a big decisiondenke in aller Ruhe nach, bevor du eine schwerwiegende or schwer wiegende Entscheidung triffst; it’s a good idea, don’t you think?es ist eine gute Idee, findest or meinst du nicht auch?; just thinkstellen Sie sich (dat)bloß mal vor; just think, you too could be richstell dir vor or denk dir nur, auch du könntest reich sein; where was it? think, man, think!wo war es?, denk doch mal nach!; listen, I’ve been thinking, …hör mal, ich habe mir überlegt; sorry, I just wasn’t thinkingEntschuldigung, da habe ich geschlafen (inf); you just didn’t think, did you?da hast du dir nichts gedacht, oder?; you just don’t think, do you? (about other people) → du denkst auch immer nur an dich; (about consequences) → was denkst du dir eigentlich? ? big
(= believe)denken; (= be of opinion)glauben, meinen, denken; I think you’ll find I’m rightich glaube or denke, Sie werden zu der Überzeugung gelangen, dass ich recht habe; I think it’s too lateich glaube, es ist zu spät; I think I can do itich glaube or denke, dass ich es schaffen kann; well, I THINK it was there!nun, ich glaube zumindest, dass es da war!; and what do you think? asked the interviewerund was meinen Sie or und was ist Ihre Meinung? fragte der Interviewer; you never know what he’s thinkingich weiß nie, was er (sich) denkt; I think you’d better go/accept/be carefulich denke, Sie gehen jetzt besser/Sie stimmen lieber zu/Sie wären besser vorsichtig; well, I THINK he’ll understandna ja, ich nehme zumindest an, dass er das verstehen wird; I think soich denke or glaube (schon); I think so toodas meine or denke ich auch; I don’t think so, I shouldn’t think so, I think notich denke or glaube nicht; I’ll take this one then — I think not, Mr Greendann nehme ich dieses — das glaube ich kaum, Herr Green; I should think so!das will ich (aber) auch gemeint haben; I should think not!das will ich auch nicht hoffen; I hardly think/think it likely that …ich glaube kaum/ich halte es nicht für wahrscheinlich, dass …; I wasn’t even thinking itdaran habe ich nicht einmal gedacht; one would have thought there was an easier answerman sollte eigentlich meinen, dass es da eine einfachere Lösung gäbe; one would have thought you could have been more punctualman könnte eigentlich erwarten, dass Sie etwas pünktlicher kommen; one would have thought they’d have grasped it by nowman sollte eigentlich erwarten, dass sie das inzwischen begriffen haben; what do you think I should do?was glauben Sie, soll ich tun?, was soll ich Ihrer Meinung nach tun?; well, what do you think, shall we leave now?nun, was meinst du, sollen wir jetzt gehen?; I think I’ll go for a walkich glaube, ich mache einen Spaziergang; do you think you can manage?glauben Sie, dass Sie es schaffen?
(= consider) you must think me very rudeSie müssen mich für sehr unhöflich halten; he thinks he’s intelligent, he thinks himself intelligenter hält sich für intelligent, er meint, er ist or sei intelligent; they are thought to be richman hält sie für reich; I wouldn’t have thought it possibledas hätte ich nicht für möglich gehalten
(= imagine)sich (dat)denken, sich (dat)vorstellen; I don’t know what to thinkich weiß nicht, was ich davon halten soll; that’s what you think!denkste! (inf); that’s what he thinkshat der eine Ahnung! (inf); who do you think you are!für wen hältst du dich eigentlich?, wofür hältst du dich eigentlich?; you can’t think how pleased I am to see youSie können sich (dat)(gar) nicht denken or vorstellen, wie froh ich bin, Sie zu sehen; I can’t think what he means!ich kann mir (gar) nicht denken, was er meint; (iro also)was er damit bloß meinen kann or meint?; anyone would think he was dyingman könnte beinahe glauben, er läge im Sterben; one or you would think they’d already metman könnte (geradezu) glauben or denken, sie seien alte Bekannte; who would have thought it?wer hätte das gedacht?; to think that she’s only ten!wenn man bedenkt or sich (dat)vorstellt, dass sie erst zehn ist
(= reflect) to think how to do somethingsich (dat)überlegen, wie man etw macht; I was thinking (to myself) how ill he lookedich dachte mir (im Stillen), dass er sehr krank aussah; I never thought to ask youich habe gar nicht daran gedacht, Sie zu fragen
(= expect, intend: often neg or interrog) I didn’t think to see you hereich hätte nicht gedacht or erwartet, Sie hier zu treffen or dass ich Sie hier treffen würde; I thought as much, I thought sodas habe ich mir schon gedacht
to think one’s way out of a difficultysich (dat)einen Ausweg aus einer Schwierigkeit überlegen; you’ll think yourself into a rage againdu steigerst dich (nur) wieder in eine Wut hinein
n have a think about it and let me knowdenken Sie mal darüber nach or überlegen Sie es sich (dat)einmal, und geben Sie mir dann Bescheid; to have a good thinkgründlich nachdenken; you’ve got another think coming (Brit inf) → da irrst du dich aber gewaltig (inf), → da bist du aber auf dem Holzweg (inf)


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[θɪŋk] (thought (vb: pt, pp))
1. vi (gen) to think of or about sthpensare a qc; (more carefully) → riflettere su qc
to think of or about doing sth → pensare di fare qc
to act without thinking → agire senza riflettere or pensare
think before you reply → rifletti or pensa prima di rispondere
think carefully → pensaci bene
think again! → rifletti!, pensaci su!
just think! → ma pensa un po'!
let me think → fammi pensare
let's think → pensiamoci un attimo
to think twice before doing sth → pensare due volte prima di fare qc
to think straight → concentrarsi
to think aloud → pensare ad alta voce
to think for o.s. → pensare con la propria testa
see also think about, think of
2. vt
a. (use one's brain, have ideas) → pensare; (imagine) → pensare, immaginare
I can't think what he can want → non riesco ad immaginare che cosa possa volere
did you think to bring a corkscrew? → hai pensato di portare un cavatappi?
I thought I might go swimming → ho pensato che potrei andare a nuotare
think what you've done → pensa a ciò che hai fatto
think what we could do → pensa che cosa potremmo fare
to think evil thoughts → avere cattivi pensieri
b. (believe, consider) to think (that ...)pensare (che...), credere (che...)
we all thought him a fool → pensavamo tutti che fosse un cretino
I don't think it likely → penso che sia improbabile
who'd have thought it possible? → chi l'avrebbe mai pensato?
I don't think it can be done → non penso che si possa fare
I think (that) you're wrong → penso che tu abbia torto
I thought as much → lo sapevo io
I think so → penso or credo di sì
I should think so too! → lo credo bene!
what do you think? → che cosa ne pensi?
who do you think you are? → ma chi credi di essere?
what do you think I should do? → cosa pensi che dovrei fare?
what do you think you're doing? → ma cosa stai facendo?
anyone would have thought she was dying! → sembrava che stesse per morire!
3. n to have a think about sthriflettere su qc
I'd like to have a think about it → vorrei pensarci su
you've got another think coming! (fam) → ti sbagli!, hai capito male!
think about vi + prep (remember) → pensare a; (consider) → pensare di
I'll think about it → ci penserò
what are you thinking about? → a cosa stai pensando?
what were you thinking about! → che cosa ti è saltato in mente!
see also think 1
think back vi + adv to think back (to)ripensare (a), riandare con la mente (a)
think of vi + prep
a. (remember, names) → ricordare
you can't think of everything → non ci si può ricordare di tutto, non si può pensare a tutto
I'll be thinking of you → ti penserò
b. (consider, reckon) → pensare di
to think of doing sth → pensare di fare qc
I thought of going to Spain → pensavo di andare in Spagna
he never thinks of other people's feelings → non si cura mai dei sentimenti degli altri
think of the expense → pensa a quanto costa
what do you think of him? → che cosa pensi di lui?
what do you think of it? → che cosa ne pensi?
I told him what I thought of him → gli ho detto ciò che pensavo di lui
I wouldn't think of such a thing! → non mi sognerei mai di fare una cosa simile!
to think highly of sb → stimare qn
to think well of → avere una buona opinione di
I didn't think much of it → non mi è piaciuto molto, non mi ha convinto
c. (devise, plan) → escogitare; (solution) → trovare
what will he think of next? → una ne fa e cento ne pensa!
see also think 1
think out vt + adv (plan) → elaborare; (solution) → trovare
this needs thinking out → bisogna pensarci su
think over vt + adv to think sth overriflettere su qc
I'd like to think things over → vorrei pensarci su
think through vt + adv to think sth throughriflettere a fondo su qc
think up vt + adv (idea, solution) → escogitare, ideare


(θiŋk) past tense, past participle thought (θoːt) verb
1. (often with about) to have or form ideas in one's mind. Can babies think?; I was thinking about my mother.
2. to have or form opinions in one's mind; to believe. He thinks (that) the world is flat; What do you think of his poem?; What do you think about his suggestion?; He thought me very stupid.
3. to intend or plan (to do something), usually without making a final decision. I must think what to do; I was thinking of/about going to London next week.
4. to imagine or expect. I never thought to see you again; Little did he think that I would be there as well.
the act of thinking. Go and have a think about it.
ˈthinker noun
a person who thinks, especially deeply and constructively. He's one of the world's great thinkers.
planned. a well-thought-out campaign.
think better of
1. to think again and decide not to; to reconsider. He was going to ask for more money, but he thought better of it.
2. to think that (someone) could not be so bad etc. I thought better of you than to suppose you would do that.
think highly/well/badly etc of
to have a good, or bad, opinion of. She thought highly of him and his poetry.
think little of / not think much of
to have a very low opinion of. He didn't think much of what I had done; He thought little of my work.
think of
1. to remember to do (something); to keep in one's mind; to consider. You always think of everything!; Have you thought of the cost involved?
2. to remember. I couldn't think of her name when I met her at the party.
3. (with would, ~should, ~not, ~never etc) to be willing to do (something). I would never think of being rude to her; He couldn't think of leaving her.
think out
to plan; to work out in the mind. He thought out the whole operation.
think over
to think carefully about; to consider all aspects of (an action, decision etc). He thought it over, and decided not to go.
think twice (often with about)
to hesitate before doing (something); to decide not to do (something one was intending to do). I would think twice about going, if I were you.
think up
to invent; to devise. He thought up a new process.
think the world of
to be very fond of. He thinks the world of his wife.


يَفْكِرُ, يُفَكِّرُ في myslet si, přemýšlet tænke, tænke på denken νομίζω, σκέφτομαι pensar ajatella penser misliti pensare 考える 생각하다 denken tenke myśleć, pomyśleć pensar думать tänka คิด, คิดพิจารณา düşünmek nghĩ, suy nghĩ 思考


vi. pensar; [believe] creer;
to ___ it overpensarlo bien;
to ___ nothing oftener en poco;
to ___ throughconsiderar;
to ___ well oftener buena opinión de.


vi (pret & pp thought) pensar
References in classic literature ?
I don't think it's fair for some girls to have plenty of pretty things, and other girls nothing at all," added little Amy, with an injured sniff.
Wing Biddlebaum, forever frightened and beset by a ghostly band of doubts, did not think of himself as in any way a part of the life of the town where he had lived for twenty years.
It makes me feel so bad to think you could let me go to Sereny Harper and make such a fool of myself and never say a word.
Yes, indeed, a very good letter," replied Emma rather slowly"so good a letter, Harriet, that every thing considered, I think one of his sisters must have helped him.
He began to think of Misselthwaite and wonder if he should not go home.
What will he think of me when he knows my past life?
There was nothing so VERY remarkable in that; nor did Alice think it so VERY much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself, `Oh dear
I do not think it is very pretty; but I thought I might as well buy it as not.
I cannot bear to think of my little Hetty shedding tears when I am not there to kiss them away; and if I followed only my own inclinations, I should be with her at this moment instead of writing.
Fanny estranged from him, silent and reserved, was an unnatural state of things; a state which he must break through, and which he could easily learn to think she was wanting him to break through.
If I were in any trouble I don't think I should write to you; I should just keep quiet and see it through myself.
Occasionally, she would forget and think he was out in the field or down in the mine; more rarely still, she would slip even further backward and wonder what he was about in his play.