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"thought" in British English

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thoughtverb

uk   /θɔːt/  us   /θɑːt/
past simple and past participle of think

thoughtnoun [C or U]

uk   /θɔːt/  us   /θɑːt/
B1 the ​act of ​thinking about or ​considering something, an ​idea or ​opinion, or a set of ​ideas about a ​particularsubject: Ask me again ​tomorrow. I'll have to give it some thought. She doesn't give any thought to her ​appearance. Let me have ​your thoughts on that ​report by ​Friday. Spare a thought for (= ​think about) all those without ​shelter on a ​coldnight like this. He's the ​author of a ​book on the ​history of ​European thought. You ​sent her a ​card? That was a ​kind thought.

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

"thought" in American English

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thought

 us   /θɔt/
  • thought (THINK)

past simple and past participle ofthink

thoughtnoun [C/U]

 us   /θɔt/
  • thought noun [C/U] (THINKING)

the ​act of ​thinking about something to ​formideas and ​opinions, or an ​idea or ​opinionproduced by ​thinking: [U] I have given this ​matterconsiderable thought. [C] Do you have any thoughts on what we should do now? [C] That ​fact never ​entered my thoughts. [U] His early ​religioustraininghelped to ​shape his thought. [C] It’s just a thought, but since it’s such a ​beautifulday, why don’t we go for a ​drive? [U] The very thought of ​standing up in ​front of an ​audiencescares me to ​death.
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