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[v. ree-thingk; n. ree-thingk] /v. riˈθɪŋk; n. ˈriˌθɪŋk/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), rethought, rethinking.
to reconsider, especially profoundly.
the act of reconsidering.
Origin of rethink
1690-1700; re- + think1
Related forms
rethinker, noun Unabridged
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  • But this week's discussions have made me rethink my intuition about names on social networks.
  • We need to rethink not only the function of government, but its form.
  • If the city is experiencing high and rising prices, there might be barriers to building that you need to rethink.
  • It's time to rethink-and rebuild-rehabilitation and parole.
  • We find ourselves at that watershed moment when it is time to rethink the supermarket.
  • He pushes his limits in order to inspire people to challenge and rethink their own.
  • Perhaps all religions have to rethink what is freedom.
  • If so, geoscientists will need to rethink how earthquakes work.
  • Your last paragraph though really made me rethink things.
  • So, it's still true that life branches as a tree, but now scientists are really starting to rethink that a bit.
British Dictionary definitions for rethink


verb (riːˈθɪŋk) -thinks, -thinking, -thought
to think about (something) again, esp with a view to changing one's tactics or opinions
noun (ˈriːˌθɪŋk)
the act or an instance of thinking again
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Word Origin and History for rethink

1700, from re- "back, again" + think (v.). Related: Rethinking.

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