What does thinking mean?

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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.

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. Ronnie Shakes:

    I was going to buy a copy of "The Power of Positive Thinking", and then I thought: What the hell good would that do?

  2. Northern Irishman McDowell:

    I got my tee out and picked the ball up to clean it, i got my yardage and I go through my normal routine and without even thinking. Michael Kim, Michael Kim, was looking at me funny and I ’m like, ‘ what’s Michael Kim looking at ? ’ and then Michael Kim says to me ‘ what are you doing ? ’ .

  3. Omar AbdelBaky:

    That's who Deah was -- he gave without thinking twice about it. I want people to know that about him -- he was such a kind person.

  4. Audrey Diwan:

    On set, I was always thinking: Let’s not look at Anne, let’s be Anne.

  5. The Briton:

    A lot of people have asked me is it any different, thinking it might be my last race, but not really, you go into every race with the same mindset, to do the best you can. It’s when you see your family and friends look at you in a different way, it makes you a little bit emotional.     .

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  • Floyd Eugene Brown
    Floyd Eugene Brown
    My definition is to talk to yourself without speaking out loud.
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