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ˈθɪŋ kɪŋthink·ing

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. thinking, thought, thought process, cerebration, intellection, mentationadjective

    the process of using your mind to consider something carefully

    "thinking always made him frown"; "she paused for thought"

  2. intelligent, reasoning(a), thinking(a)adjective

    endowed with the capacity to reason


  1. thinkingnoun

    Gerund of think.

    What is your thinking on this subject?

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Thinkingnoun

    Imagination; cogitation; judgment.

    Etymology: from think.

    He put it by once; but, to my thinking, he would fain have had it. William Shakespeare, Julius Cæsar.

    If we did think,
    His contemplations were above the earth,
    And fix’d on spiritual objects, he should still
    Dwell in his musings; but I am afraid
    His thinkings are below the moon, nor worth
    His serious considering. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    I heard a bird so sing,
    Whose musick, to my thinking, pleas’d the king. William Shakespeare.

    I was a man, to my thinking, very likely to get a rich widow. Joseph Addison, Guard. №. 97.


  1. Thinking

    Thinking is a song by Roger Daltrey that was written by David Courtney and Leo Sayer. The song was originally released on Daltrey's début solo album, Daltrey and released as a single in 1973. The non-album B-side "There is Love" features Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin on guitar. the song was left out because "It didn't fit in with the final context of the album." explained Daltrey "so we had to leave it out". The song is included on the Sanctuary remaster.


  1. thinking

    Thinking is a cognitive process that involves mental activities such as analyzing, problem-solving, reasoning, remembering, and making decisions. It refers to the conscious and deliberate mental activity in which individuals process and manipulate information, ideas, and concepts in their minds. Thinking allows individuals to reflect, interpret, and make sense of the world around them by drawing connections, generating new insights, and forming judgments. It is a fundamental aspect of human intelligence and plays a crucial role in processing information and generating thoughts and ideas.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Thinking

    of Think

  2. Thinkingadjective

    having the faculty of thought; cogitative; capable of a regular train of ideas; as, man is a thinking being

  3. Thinkingnoun

    the act of thinking; mode of thinking; imagination; cogitation; judgment

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Thinking

    Mental activity, not predominantly perceptual, by which one apprehends some aspect of an object or situation based on past learning and experience.

Editors Contribution

  1. thinkingverb

    Verb form of the word think

    Thinking through our plans is a good idea to ensure we are logical and practical in the step-by-step process

    Submitted by MaryC on March 28, 2021  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'thinking' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1346

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'thinking' in Written Corpus Frequency: #495

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'thinking' in Nouns Frequency: #1060

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of thinking in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of thinking in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of thinking in a Sentence

  1. Special Agent Kimberley Whittle:

    We were thinking Paris. We were thinking San Bernardino. We were thinking of the attacks that have occurred in West Africa recently against foreigners.

  2. Jon Kabit-Zinn:

    Awareness is not the same as thought. It lies beyond thinking, although it makes no use of thinking, honoring it's value and it's power. Awareness is more like a vessel which can hold and contain our thinking, helping us to see and know our thought as thought rather than getting caught up in them as reality.

  3. Alicia Keys ':

    It has always been such a personal song and such a poignant song, and every time I play it, I want to cry because I'm thinking of my mother, I'm thinking of my grandmother, I'm thinking of friends of mine who can't make ends meet.

  4. Andreas Simic:

    If there is one area of our lives that we have complete control in, it is our thinking. Others may influence our thinking; however we alone can choose to accept that influence. Each day we have a CHOICE to be either be positive in our thinking or negative. To emit positive energy or to emit negative energy is of our choosing.

  5. Mary Brooks:

    We could not definitively determine that he had given us a concrete signal that he was done, that was human error on our part. He could still be thinking, thinking, thinking. ... If youve got any doubt, youve got to make the right decision.

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  • Floyd Eugene Brown
    Floyd Eugene Brown
    My definition is to talk to yourself without speaking out loud.
    LikeReply 28 years ago

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