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“thought” in 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 particular subject:

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 cold night 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 of think

thoughtnoun [ C/U ]

us /θɔt/

thought noun [ C/U ] (THINKING)

the act of thinking about something to form ideas and opinions, or an idea or opinion produced by thinking:

[ U ] I have given this matter considerable thought.
[ C ] Do you have any thoughts on what we should do now?
[ C ] That fact never entered my thoughts.
[ U ] His early religious training helped to shape his thought.
[ C ] It’s just a thought, but since it’s such a beautiful day, why don’t we go for a drive?
[ U ] The very thought of standing up in front of an audience scares me to death.

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Many of those bad habits were linked to health - infectious diseases, some drug-resistant and some we thought we had seen the last of.
The most probable explanation is this: the authorities seem to have thought that private citizens, being in any case caught in the trap, would be obliged to adapt themselves.
The exchanges of views that we have had here or in committee have given us food for thought as to which strategy should be applied.
Parents must give some thought to how they treat their children and prevent their being treated unequally from the cradle onwards.
One final thought: in my view there is much more that could be done in the sugar sector from an ecological point of view.
We would never have thought otherwise.
I have on many an occasion throughout this process thought that we were lucky when we chose him to draw up the report.
I thought that this had always been the procedure, not that you had to wait for all the explanations of vote.
There are two schools of thought here.
I suppose we could excuse ourselves with the thought that we are debating more with the medium here than the message.

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