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think1

[thingk] /θɪŋk/
verb (used without object), thought, thinking.
1.
to have a conscious mind, to some extent of reasoning, remembering experiences, making rational decisions, etc.
2.
to employ one's mind rationally and objectively in evaluating or dealing with a given situation:
Think carefully before you begin.
3.
to have a certain thing as the subject of one's thoughts:
I was thinking about you. We could think of nothing else.
4.
to call something to one's conscious mind:
I couldn't think of his phone number.
5.
to consider something as a possible action, choice, etc.:
She thought about cutting her hair.
6.
to invent or conceive of something:
We thought of a new plan.
7.
to have consideration or regard for someone:
Think of others first.
8.
to esteem a person or thing as indicated:
to think badly of someone.
9.
to have a belief or opinion as indicated:
I think so.
10.
(of a device or machine, especially a computer) to use artificial intelligence to perform an activity analogous to human thought.
verb (used with object), thought, thinking.
11.
to have or form in the mind as an idea, conception, etc.
12.
to have or form in the mind in order to understand, know, or remember something else:
Romantic comedy is all about chemistry: think Tracy and Hepburn. Can't guess? Here's a hint: think 19th century.
13.
to consider for evaluation or for possible action upon:
Think the deal over.
14.
to regard as specified:
He thought me unkind.
15.
to believe to be true of someone or something:
to think evil of the neighbors.
16.
to analyze or evolve rationally:
to think the problem out.
17.
to have as a plan or intention:
I thought that I would go.
18.
to anticipate or expect:
I did not think to find you here.
adjective
19.
of or pertaining to thinking or thought.
20.
Informal. stimulating or challenging to the intellect or mind:
the think book of the year.
Compare think piece.
noun
21.
Informal. the act or a period of thinking:
I want to sit down and give it a good think.
Verb phrases
22.
think of,
  1. to conceive of; imagine.
  2. to have an opinion or judgment of.
  3. to consider; anticipate:
    When one thinks of what the future may bring, one is both worried and hopeful.
23.
think out/through,
  1. to think about until a conclusion is reached; understand or solve by thinking.
  2. to devise by thinking; contrive:
    He thought out a plan for saving time.
24.
think up, to devise or contrive by thinking:
Can you think up an arrangement of furniture for this room?
Idioms
25.
think better of, to change one's mind about; reconsider:
She considered emigrating to Australia, but thought better of it.
26.
think fit, to consider advisable or appropriate:
By all means, take a vacation if you think fit.
27.
think nothing of. nothing (def 19).
28.
think twice, to weigh carefully before acting; consider:
I would think twice before taking on such a responsibility.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English thinken, variant of thenken, Old English thencan; cognate with Dutch, German denken, Old Norse thekkja, Gothic thagkjan; akin to thank

better1

[bet-er] /ˈbɛt ər/
adjective, compar. of good with best as superl.
1.
of superior quality or excellence:
a better coat; a better speech.
2.
morally superior; more virtuous:
They are no better than thieves.
3.
of superior suitability, advisability, desirability, acceptableness, etc.; preferable:
a better time for action.
4.
larger; greater:
the better part of a lifetime.
5.
improved in health; healthier than before.
6.
completely recovered in health.
adverb, compar. of well with best as superl.
7.
in a more appropriate or acceptable way or manner:
to behave better.
8.
to a greater degree; more completely or thoroughly:
He knows the way better than we do. I probably know him better than anyone else.
9.
more:
I walked better than a mile to town.
verb (used with object)
10.
to increase the good qualities of; make better; improve:
to better the lot of the suburban commuter.
11.
to improve upon; surpass; exceed:
We have bettered last year's production record.
12.
Cards. to raise (a previous bid).
noun
13.
that which has greater excellence or is preferable or wiser:
the better of two choices.
14.
Usually, betters. those superior to one in wisdom, wealth, etc.
Idioms
15.
better off,
  1. in better circumstances.
  2. more fortunate; happier:
    Because of his asthma, he would be better off in a different climate.
16.
better oneself, to improve one's social standing, financial position, or education:
He is going to night school because he wants to better himself.
17.
for the better, in a way that is an improvement:
His health changed for the better.
18.
get / have the better of,
  1. to get an advantage over.
  2. to prevail against.
19.
go (someone) one better, to exceed the effort of; be superior to:
The neighbors went us one better by buying two new cars.
20.
had better, would be wiser or more well-advised to; ought to:
We had better stay indoors today.
21.
no better than one should be, Disparaging. morally inferior; immoral or amoral.
22.
think better of,
  1. to reconsider and decide more favorably or wisely regarding:
    I was tempted to make a sarcastic retort, but thought better of it.
  2. to form a higher opinion of.
Origin
before 900; Middle English bettre, Old English bet(t)(e)ra; cognate with Old High German bezziro (German besser), Dutch beter, Old Norse betr, Gothic batiza, equivalent to bat- (cognate with Old High German baz (adv.) better; akin to boot2) + -iza comparative suffix; suggested relation to Sanskrit bhadrá- “fortunate” is doubtful. See best
Related forms
unbettered, adjective
Synonyms
10. amend; advance, promote; reform, correct, rectify. See improve.
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British Dictionary definitions for think better of

better1

/ˈbɛtə/
adjective
1.
the comparative of good
2.
more excellent than other members of a particular group, category, etc
3.
more suitable, advantageous, attractive, etc
4.
improved in health
5.
fully recovered in health
6.
in more favourable circumstances, esp financially
7.
better off, in more favourable circumstances, esp financially
8.
the better part of, a large part of: the better part of a day
adverb
9.
the comparative of well1
10.
in a more excellent manner; more advantageously, attractively, etc
11.
in or to a greater degree or extent; more: she is better loved than her sister
12.
(Brit intr; US transitive) go one better, to outdo (a person) or improve upon (someone else's effort)
13.
had better, would be wise, sensible, etc to: I had better be off
14.
know better than to, not to be so stupid as to
15.
think better of
  1. to change one's course of action after reconsideration
  2. to rate (a person) more highly
noun
16.
the better, something that is the more excellent, useful, etc, of two such things
17.
(usually pl) a person who is superior, esp in social standing or ability
18.
all the better for, improved as a result of
19.
all the better to, more suitable to
20.
for better for worse, whatever the subsequent events or changes may be
21.
for the better, by way of improvement: a change for the better
22.
get the better of, to defeat, outwit, or surpass
23.
(Irish) the better of, having recovered from: I'm not the better of it yet
verb
24.
to make or become better
25.
(transitive) to improve upon; surpass
Word Origin
Old English betera; related to Old Norse betri, Gothic batiza, Old High German beziro

better2

/ˈbɛtə/
noun
1.
a person who bets

think

/θɪŋk/
verb thinks, thinking, thought
1.
(transitive; may take a clause as object) to consider, judge, or believe: he thinks my ideas impractical
2.
(intransitive) often foll by about. to exercise the mind as in order to make a decision; ponder
3.
(intransitive) 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.
(intransitive) foll by of. to make the mental choice (of): think of a number
6.
(may take a clause as object or an infinitive)
  1. to expect; suppose: I didn't think to see you here
  2. to be considerate or aware enough (to do something): he did not think to thank them
7.
(intransitive) foll by of. to consider; regard: she thinks of herself as a poet
8.
(intransitive) to focus the attention on being: think thin, think big
9.
(transitive) to bring into or out of a specified condition by thinking: to think away one's fears
10.
(slang) I don't think, 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
  1. to change one's mind about (a course of action, decision, etc)
  2. to have a more favourable opinion of (a person)
13.
(usually negative) think much of, to have a high opinion of
14.
think nothing of
  1. to regard as routine, easy, or natural
  2. to have no compunction or hesitation about
  3. to have a very low opinion of
15.
think twice, to consider carefully before deciding (about something)
noun
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.
(slang) you've got another think coming, you are mistaken and will soon have to alter your opinion
Derived Forms
thinker, noun
Word Origin
Old English thencan; related to Old Frisian thenza, Old Saxon thenkian, Old High German denken, Old Norse thekkja, Gothic thagkjan
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Word Origin and History for think better of

think

v.

Old English þencan "conceive in the mind, think, consider, intend" (past tense þohte, p.p. geþoht), probably originally "cause to appear to oneself," from Proto-Germanic *thankjan (cf. Old Frisian thinka, Old Saxon thenkian, Old High German denchen, German denken, Old Norse þekkja, Gothic þagkjan); Old English þencan is the causative form of the distinct Old English verb þyncan "to seem or appear" (past tense þuhte, past participle geþuht), from Proto-Germanic *thunkjan (cf. German dünken, däuchte). Both are from PIE *tong- "to think, feel" which also is the root of thought and thank. The two meanings converged in Middle English and þyncan "to seem" was absorbed, except for archaic methinks "it seems to me." Jocular past participle thunk (not historical, but by analogy of drink, sink, etc.) is recorded from 1876.

better

adj.

Old English bettra, earlier betera, from Proto-Germanic *batizo-, from PIE *bhad- "good;" see best. Comparative adjective of good in the older Germanic languages (cf. Old Frisian betera, Old Saxon betiro, Old Norse betr, Danish bedre, Old High German bezziro, German besser, Gothic batiza). In English it superseded bet in the adverbial sense by 1600. Better half "wife" is first attested 1570s.

n.

late 12c., "that which is better," from better (adj.). Specific meaning "one's superior" is from early 14c. To get the better of (someone) is from 1650s, from better in a sense of "superiority, mastery," which is recorded from mid-15c.

v.

Old English *beterian "improve, amend, make better," from Proto-Germanic *batizojan (cf. Old Frisian beteria, Dutch beteren, Old Norse betra, Old High German baziron, German bessern), from *batiz- (see better (adj.)). Related: Bettered; bettering.

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think better of in Medicine

think (thĭngk)
v. thought (thôt), think·ing, thinks

  1. To exercise the power of reason, as by conceiving ideas, drawing inferences, and using judgment.

  2. To weigh or consider an idea.

  3. To bring a thought to mind by imagination or invention.

  4. To recall a thought or an image to mind.

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Slang definitions & phrases for think better of

think

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Idioms and Phrases with think better of

think better of

Reconsider, change one's mind about, as in I hope you'll think better of it before you quit your job. [ c. 1600 ]
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