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

before 900; Middle English thoght, Old English (ge)thōht; cognate with Dutch gedachte; akin to thank, think1

2. See idea. 3. reflection, cogitation. Unabridged
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thought (θɔːt)
1.  the past tense and past participle of think
2.  the act or process of thinking; deliberation, meditation, or reflection
3.  a concept, opinion, or idea
4.  philosophical or intellectual ideas typical of a particular time or place: German thought in the 19th century
5.  application of mental attention; consideration: he gave the matter some thought
6.  purpose or intention: I have no thought of giving up
7.  expectation: no thought of reward
8.  a small amount; trifle: you could be a thought more enthusiastic
9.  kindness or regard: he has no thought for his widowed mother
[Old English thōht; related to Old Frisian thochta, Old Saxon, Old High German githācht]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. þoht, geþoht, from stem of þencan "to conceive of in the mind, consider" (see think). Cognate with the second element in Ger. 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 ref. to pre-war Japanese Special Higher Police (Tokubetsu Koto Keisatsu).
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thought (thôt)

  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.

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Example sentences
There's evidence that dreams reflect waking thoughts and are psychologically
There are thoughts that won't be denied, thoughts that won't let you sleep.
Now, a new use for an old particle accelerator is poised to reveal more of his
Those with weak stomachs should not venture into a space filled with thoughts
  or ideas.
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