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Think – Definition & Meaning summary

  1. to seem or appear.
  2. to exercise the higher intellectual faculties.
  3. to call anything to mind; to remember.
  4. to meditate; to ponder.
  5. to judge; to conclude.
  6. to intend; to design.
  7. to presume; to venture.

Joshua’s Seven-Step Method

Let’s learn the English vocabulary “think” by using our Seven-Step Method for effective learning.

Step 1: How to pronounce “think” in English

Can you pronounce “think” correctly?

The answer is this.

  • American : /θɪŋk/
  • British : /θɪŋk/
Step 2: The Word Origin

This word, “think” is derived from Old English “thinken.”  It means “to seem.”

It was confused with Old English “thenken” that means “to consider, to meditate.”

Therefore, it has both of these meanings in the present day.

So, from the Word Origin, “to seem, to consider, to meditate” is the essential meaning of “think.”

Step 3: Definition

The modern usages of this word are:

First meaning, to seem or appear.

For example – I think Spring is around the corner.

Second meaning, to employ any of the intellectual powers except that of simple perception through the senses; to exercise the higher intellectual faculties.

For example – “I think therefore I am.” This is an English translation of Latin quote, “Cogito ergo sum” by Rene Descartes.

Third Meaning, (Specifically) to call anything to mind; to remember.

For example – I would have sent the books, but I did not think of it.

Fourth Meaning, to reflect upon any subject; to muse; to meditate; to ponder; to consider; to deliberate.

For example – He often thinks about the meaning of life.

Fifth Meaning, to form an opinion by reasoning; to judge; to conclude; to believe.

For example – I think it will rain tomorrow, because the barometer is falling.

Sixth Meaning, to purpose; to intend; to design; to mean.

For example – I’ve been feeling unwell lately, so I think I need to see a doctor for a check-up.

Seventh Meaning, to presume; to venture.

For example – I think that this would be a good opportunity to expand our market.

Step 4 Derived words or Related words
  • thought, thinkable, unthinkable, unthinking
  • doublethink, forethought, free-thinker, groupthink, misthink, overthink, rethink, think-tank
Step 5: Word forming elements and application examples


Step 6: Collocation

A collocation is the natural connection of words.



I think that we ought to consider changing the regulations.



I honestly think that he is the best person to lead the team.

Step 7: Commonly used Word Pairings and phrases

think it

We need to think it through again.

Note: “think through” means “to consider carefully and in detail.”

think I

I think I need a vacation.

think you

I think you should apologize to your colleagues.

think about

Let’s think about the agenda for the next meeting.

think we

I think we should improve our procedure for performance reviews.

Note: “procedure” means “the act of proceeding; process; operation.”

I think

I think my grandfather is showing signs of dementia.

Note: “dementia” means “the state of exhibiting unsoundness or disorder of the mind; insanity; madness.”

you think

What do you think about the Giant’s chances in the playoffs?

Note: “playoff” means “a match, or a series of final competition to determine a championship.”

not think

I do not think that this is a big problem at this point.

think about it

Let’s think about it over the weekend.

Note: “over the weekend” means “during the weekend days.”

think we should

I think we should fire Jones.

think you can

Do you think you can complete the report by the deadline?

think of it

Come to think of it, he did say that he would take a personal day today.

Note: “come to think of it” used when one has had a sudden realization or just remembered an idea.”

think it would

I think it would be a good idea to have a welcome party for our new members.

thought it would

I thought it would rain today, so I brought my umbrella.

do not think

I do not think that the new restaurant is very good.

do you think

Do you think it’s going to rain this afternoon?

why do you think

Why do you think he left work early?

do you really think

Do you really think that they will fire Jones?

who do you think

Who do you think will become the new CEO?

don’t even think

Don’t even think about taking time off next week.

I used to think

I used to think that he knew what he was doing.

I was just thinking

I was just thinking about my plans for the weekend.

know what I think

You already know what I think about Jones.

think of it as

Here is a new watch for you. You can think of it as a gentle reminder to come on time.

think I do not

I think that I don’t have enough time to finish the project by Friday.

think about what you

Please think about what you should do to improve your business performance.

think I can do

Do you think I can do this tomorrow?

thought he was going

I thought he was going on the business trip to Hong Kong.

thought I was going

I thought I was going crazy because I got on the wrong train an ended up in New Jersey.

Note: “end up in” means “to reach someplace that wasn’t intended.”


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