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"think" in British English

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thinkverb

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 asexpensive/a ​luxury. What do you think about the ​latestplans for ​improving the undergroundsystem? I think it is ​important to ​learnEnglish.
not think much of sb/sth
to have a ​lowopinion of someone or something: I didn't think much of her ​latestbook.
B2 [I] to ​consider a person's ​needs or ​wishes: She's always thinking ofothers.

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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 ​yourproblem. I'm ​sorry I ​forgot to ​mentionyourname. 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 ​importantdecisions. 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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  • think verb (REMEMBER)

B1 [I usually + adv/prep] to ​remember or ​imagine: I was just thinking about you when you called. She was so ​busy she didn't think to ​tell me about it.

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thinknoun

uk   /θɪŋk/  us   /θɪŋk/
(Definition of think from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"think" in American English

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thinkverb

 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 ​rightaddress?" "I don’t think so." [I] It doesn’t make much ​sense when you think about it. [I/T] Cloning ​animals has ​happenedsooner than anyone thought (it would). [T] I always thought he was a ​bitweird. [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 ​yourmind to ​understandmatters, make ​judgments, and ​solveproblems: 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   us   /θɪŋk/ (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 ​smallcompanies 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 ​businessahead 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 ​fuelprices had caused ​carbuyers to think twice about ​buying full-size sport ​utilityvehicles.
(Definition of think from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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