Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “think”

See all translations

think

verb uk   /θɪŋk/ (thought, thought) us  

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?" [+ noun/adj] Salmon used to be thought expensive/thought a luxury. [+ to infinitive] He was thought to have boarded the plane in New York. What did you think of the film? What do you think about these latest government plans? 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.
More examples

think verb (DECIDE)

A2 to use the brain to decide to do something: [+ of+ -ing verb] I'm thinking of taking up running. [+ (that)] I think (that) I'll go swimming after lunch. I'm thinking about buying a new car.

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 thinking and he gets himself into such a mess. 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: I should think long and hard before you make any important decisions. If burglars could realize how deeply they hurt people by invading their homes and stealing their treasured belongings, they might think twice before doing it.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."
More examples

think verb (REMEMBER)

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

think

noun uk   /θɪŋk/ us  
have a think UK to consider something for some time: Let me have a think about it before I decide. Have a think over the weekend and tell me what you've decided.
(Definition of think from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of think?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “think” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

cold snap

a short period of cold weather

Word of the Day

Cleavage proves divisive in Cambridge’s words of 2014

by Alastair Horne,
December 19, 2014
​​​​ Other dictionaries may choose faddish novelties as their words of the year, but here at Cambridge, we like to do something different. We look for the words that have seen sudden surges in searches over the course of the year – words that have been baffling users of English and driven them

Read More 

cinderella surgery noun

December 15, 2014
cosmetic surgery to the feet We have all heard of people having nose jobs, boob jobs and liposuction – but now a new trend growing in popularity in America: Cinderella surgery.

Read More