Meaning of “think” in the English Dictionary

"think" in British English

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uk /θɪŋk/ us /θɪŋk/ thought, thought

think verb (CONSIDER)

A1 [ I or T ] to believe something or have an opinion or idea:

[ + (that) ] I think (that) I've met you before.
I don't think Emma will get the job.
"Do you think (that) you could get me some stamps while you're in town?"
[ + to infinitive ] He was thought to have boarded the plane in New York.
What did you think of the film?
Salmon used to be thought of as expensive/a luxury.
What do you think about the latest plans for improving the undergroundsystem?
I think it is important to learn English.
not think much of sb/sth

to have a low opinion of someone or something:

I didn't think much of her latest book.

B2 [ I ] to consider a person's needs or wishes:

She's always thinking of others.

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think verb (REASON)

B1 [ I ] to use the brain to plan something, solve a problem, understand a situation, etc.:

What are you thinking, Peter?
He just does these things without thinkingand he gets himself into trouble.
You think too much - that's your problem.
I'm sorry I forgot to mention your name. I just wasn't thinking.
think long and hard also think twice

C1 to think very carefully about something:

Think long and hard before you make any important decisions.
I know it's exciting, but you should think twice before you spend that much money on a vacation.
think aloud UK US think out loud

to automatically say what you are thinking:

"What did you say?" "Oh, nothing, I was just thinking aloud."

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(Definition of “think” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"think" in American English

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us /θɪŋk/ past tense and past participle thought /θɔt/

think verb (HAVE OPINION)

[ I/T ] to have or to form an opinion or idea about something:

[ T ] "Do you think this is the right address?" "I don’t think so."
[ I ] It doesn’t make much sense when you think about it.
[ I/T ] Cloning animals has happened sooner than anyone thought (it would).
[ T ] I always thought he was a bit weird.
[ I ] What do you think of my new hat?
[ I ] I’ll always think of him as someone I can rely on.
[ + (that) clause ] I think (that) I’d better go now.
I still think of myself as (= believe I am) her friend.

think verb (USE REASON)

[ I ] to use your mind to understand matters, make judgments, and solve problems:

I’ll have to think about this.
She was thinking about running for the Senate.
I can’t think of anything to say right now.

think verb (REMEMBER)

[ I always + adv/prep ] to remember or imagine:

I can’t stop thinking about her.
I can picture her, I just can’t think of her name.
Think back to the early days of the Civil War.

(Definition of “think” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"think" in Business English

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thinkverb [ I or T ]

uk /θɪŋk/ us thought, thought

to have a particular idea, belief or opinion:

think (that) Some analysts think that rates will continue to rise.
I think the figures speak for themselves.
Have you seen the new ad? What do you think?

to consider something in your mind:

He thought for a moment, and then agreed.
think about sth She was thinking about whether to take the job.
think big

to have plans to be very successful or powerful:

Even small companies need to think big.
think on your feet

to make a quick decision or give an answer quickly:

The ability to think on your feet is essential for this position.
think out of/outside the box

to think using your imagination and having new ideas instead of traditional or expected ones:

Thinking outside the box could be enough to put a business ahead of its competitors.
think twice

to think very carefully about something before taking a decision:

think twice about sth/about doing sth/before doing sth High fuel prices had caused car buyers to think twice about buying full-size sport utility vehicles.

(Definition of “think” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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