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[thawt] /θɔt/
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.
Origin of thought1
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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Examples from the web for thoughts
  • There's evidence that dreams reflect waking thoughts and are psychologically meaningful.
  • 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 thoughts.
  • Those with weak stomachs should not venture into a space filled with thoughts or ideas.
  • Lovers' hearts, after all, should be occupied with warmer thoughts than those of health risks.
  • My fourth sketchbook is already being packed heavily with more ideas and thoughts.
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  • Primates can now move and sense the textures of objects using only their thoughts.
  • Paralyzed researchers are testing hardware that allows them to control computers with nothing but their thoughts.
  • They forge new combinations almost as neurons form synapses to create new thoughts.
British Dictionary definitions for thoughts


the past tense and past participle of think
the act or process of thinking; deliberation, meditation, or reflection
a concept, opinion, or idea
philosophical or intellectual ideas typical of a particular time or place: German thought in the 19th century
application of mental attention; consideration: he gave the matter some thought
purpose or intention: I have no thought of giving up
expectation: no thought of reward
a small amount; trifle: you could be a thought more enthusiastic
kindness or regard: he has no thought for his widowed mother
Word Origin
Old English thōht; related to Old Frisian thochta, Old Saxon, Old High German githācht
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Word Origin and History for thoughts



Old English þoht, geþoht, from stem of þencan "to conceive of in the mind, consider" (see think). Cognate with the second element in German 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 reference to pre-war Japanese Special Higher Police (Tokubetsu Koto Keisatsu).

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thoughts in Medicine

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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Slang definitions & phrases for thoughts



An underworld figure who is loyal and trustworthy to cohorts (Underworld)

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