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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. B2 [I] to consider a person's needs or wishes: She's always thinking of others.

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."

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.
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)
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