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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 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.
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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 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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thinknoun

uk   /θɪŋk/  us   /θɪŋk/
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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 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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