What does thought mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. idea, thoughtnoun

    the content of cognition; the main thing you are thinking about

    "it was not a good idea"; "the thought never entered my mind"

  2. thinking, thought, thought process, cerebration, intellection, mentationnoun

    the process of using your mind to consider something carefully

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

  3. thoughtnoun

    the organized beliefs of a period or group or individual

    "19th century thought"; "Darwinian thought"

  4. opinion, sentiment, persuasion, view, thoughtnoun

    a personal belief or judgment that is not founded on proof or certainty

    "my opinion differs from yours"; "I am not of your persuasion"; "what are your thoughts on Haiti?"


  1. thoughtnoun

    form created in the mind, rather than the forms perceived through the five senses; an instance of thinking.

  2. thoughtnoun

    the process by which such forms arise or are manipulated; thinking.

    The only reason some people get lost in thought is because it's unfamiliar territory. Paul Fix

  3. thoughtnoun

    way of thinking (associated with a group, nation or region).

    "Eastern thought".

  4. Etymology: From þoht.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Thoughtnoun

    Etymology: from the preterite of to think.

    Sulph’rous and thought executing fires
    Singe my white head. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    For our instruction to impart
    Things above earthly thought. John Milton.

    Thought, if translated truly, cannot be lost in another language; but the words that convey it to our apprehension, which are the image and ornament of that thought, may be so ill-chosen as to make it appear unhandsome. Dryden.

    One may often find as much thought on the reverse of a medal as in a canto of Edmund Spenser. Joseph Addison, on ancient Medals.

    Thoughts come crouding in so fast upon me, that my only difficulty is to choose or to reject. Dryden.

    The thoughts of a soul that perish in thinking. John Locke.

    Why do you keep alone?
    Of sorriest fancies your companions making,
    Using those thoughts which should indeed have died
    With them they think on. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Things to their thought
    So unimaginable as hate in heaven. John Milton.

    He that is ready to slip, is as a lamp despised in the thought of him that is at ease. Job xii. 5.

    They communicated their thoughts on this subject to each other; and therefore their reasons are little different. Dryden.

    Thus Bethel spoke, who always speaks his thought,
    And always thinks the very thing he ought. Alexander Pope.

    Pride, of all others the most dangerous fault,
    Proceeds from want of sense or want of thought. Wentworth Dillon.

    Nor was godhead from her thought. John Milton.

    The thoughts I think towards you are thoughts of peace, and not evil. Jer. xxix. 11.

    Who is so gross
    That cannot see this palpable device?
    Yet who so bold, but says, he sees it not?
    Bad is the world; and all will come to nought,
    When such ill dealings must be seen in thought. William Shakespeare.

    Let us return, lest he leave caring for the asses and take thought for us. 1 Sam. ix. 5.

    Hawis was put in trouble, and died with thought and anguish before his business came to an end. Francis Bacon, Henry VII.

    Adam took no thought, eating his fill. John Milton.

    The main descry
    Stands on the hourly thought. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    His face was a thought longer than the exact symmetrians would allow. Philip Sidney.

    If our own be but equal, the law of common indulgence alloweth us to think them at the least half a thought the better, because they are our own. Richard Hooker, b. iv.

    A needle pierced through a globe of cork, cut away by degrees, will swim under water, yet not sink unto the bottom: if the cork be a thought too light to sink under the surface, the water may be attenuated with spirits of wine. Br.

    My giddiness seized me, and though I now totter, yet I think I am a thought better. Jonathan Swift.

  2. Thoughtthe preterite and part. pass. of think.

    I told him what I thought. William Shakespeare, Othello.

    Are my friends embark’d?
    Can any thing be thought of for their service?
    Whilst I yet live, let me not live in vain. Addison.

    No other tax could have been thought of, upon which so much money would have been immediately advanced. Addis.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Thought

    of Think

  2. Thought

    imp. & p. p. of Think

  3. Thoughtnoun

    the act of thinking; the exercise of the mind in any of its higher forms; reflection; cogitation

  4. Thoughtnoun

    meditation; serious consideration

  5. Thoughtnoun

    that which is thought; an idea; a mental conception, whether an opinion, judgment, fancy, purpose, or intention

  6. Thoughtnoun

    solicitude; anxious care; concern

  7. Thoughtnoun

    a small degree or quantity; a trifle; as, a thought longer; a thought better


  1. Thought

    Thought generally refers to any mental or intellectual activity involving an individual's subjective consciousness. It can refer either to the act of thinking or the resulting ideas or arrangements of ideas. Similar concepts include cognition, sentience, consciousness, and imagination. Because thought underlies almost all human actions and interactions, understanding its physical and metaphysical origins, processes, and effects has been a longstanding goal of many academic disciplines including, among others, biology, philosophy, psychology, and sociology. Thinking allows beings to make sense of or model the world in different ways, and to represent or interpret it in ways that are significant to them, or which accord with their needs, attachments, objectives, plans, commitments, ends and desires.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Thought

    thawt, pa.t. and pa.p. of think. [A.S. þohtþencan, to think.]

  2. Thought

    thawt, n. the act of thinking: reasoning: deliberation: that which one thinks: idea: fancy: consideration: opinion: meditation: design: care.—adjs. Thought′ed, having thoughts; Thought′ful, full of thought: employed in meditation: attentive: considerate: promoting serious thought: favourable to meditation.—adv. Thought′fully.—n. Thought′fulness.—adj. Thought′less, without thought or care: careless: inattentive: stupid: dull.—adv. Thought′lessly.—ns. Thought′lessness; Thought′-read′er; Thought′-read′ing, the dubious act or art of discerning what is passing in another's mind by some direct and unexplained method, depending neither on gesture, facial expression, nor any articulate or other voluntary indication.—adj. Thought′-sick (Shak.), uneasy with reflection.—n. Thought′-trans′ference, telepathy.—adj. Thought′-transferen′tial, telepathic.—n. Thought′-wave, a supposed undulatory movement of a hypothetical medium by which the phenomena of thought-transference are explained.—Take thought (Shak.), to give way to grief. [A.S. ge-thóht; Ice. thóttr, Ger. bedacht. Cf. Think.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. thought

    1. Something made up of the thoughts you, yourself, think. The other kind is supplied to you by jobbers. 2. Mental dynamite.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. thought

    An old spelling of thwart.

Editors Contribution

  1. thought

    Intuitive knowledge, inspiration or idea.

    We use our intelligent thought to create what we choose together as a united being on planet earth.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 8, 2020  

  2. thought

    The act of to think.

    My thoughts are always loving and I am very grateful.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 20, 2019  

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'thought' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #198

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'thought' in Written Corpus Frequency: #156

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'thought' in Nouns Frequency: #292

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of thought in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of thought in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of thought in a Sentence

  1. Lexi Thompson:

    It was a really hard day, not only with the wind, but some of the pin locations I don't think they really thought through with the extreme winds and crosswinds that they had coming in, but I hit it very solid today, so still a lot of positives to take from the day going into the weekend.

  2. Becca Bundy:

    She's my angel. She saved my life and I thought that would be an appropriate little gift for them.

  3. Zach Wilson:

    I've always thought that was kind of cool, the same August birthday, the cool thing was, I think he was born in 1977. I was born in 1999 – so 22 years later, which is crazy, right ? We're playing the same game.

  4. Hassan Dehih:

    I have three children, and I thought we had finally found a job for one, but it doesn't seem so, at least if they beat her, I will be beaten too.

  5. Benjamin Harrison:

    Have you not learned that not stocks or bonds or stately homes or products of mill or field are our country It is the splendid thought that is in our minds.

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