DIMENSIONS: EVALUATION / Perspective
To form in the mind, Intend, Regard, Consider, Reflect on, Determine, Recall . . . .
R E F E R E N C E S
Thought n [ME, fr. OE thögt; akin to OE thencan to think --more at Think] bef 12c] 1a: the action or process of thinking: Cogitation b: serious consideration: Regard archaic. Recollection, Remembrance 2a: reasoning power b: the power to imagine: Conception 3: something that is thought: as a: an individual act or prorduct of thinking b: a developed intention or plan [had no __ of leaving home] c: something [as an opinion or belief] in the mind [he spoke his __s freely] d: the intellectual product or the organized views and principles of a period, place, group, or individual [contemporary Western __]
-syn. see Idea -a thought: a little: somewhat [a thought too much vinegar in the dressing]
Think vb [ME thinken, fr. OE thencan; akin to OHG denken to think, L tongére to know -more at Thanks] vt [bef. 12c] 1: to form or have in the mind 2: to have as an intention [thought to return early] 3a: to have as an opinion [__ it's so] b: to regard as: Consider [__ the rule unfair] 4a: to reflect on: Ponder [__ the matter over] b: to determine by reflecting [__ what to do next] 5: to call to mind: Remember [he never __s to ask how we do] 6: to devise by thinking -usu. used with up [thought up a plan to escape] 7: to have as an expectation: Anticipate [we didn't __ we'd have any trouble] 8a: to center one's thoughts on [talks and __s business] b: to form a mental picture of 9: to subject to the processes of logical thought [__ things out] -vi 1a: to exercise the powers of judgment, conception, or inference: Reason b: to have in the mind or call to mind a thought 2a: to have the mind engaged in reflection: Meditate b: to consider the suitability [thought of her for president] 3: to have a view or opinion [__s of himself as a poet] 4: to have concern --usu. used with of [a man must __first of his family] 5: to consider something likely: Suspect [may happen sooner than you __] -think better of: to reconsider and make a wiser decision -think much of: to view with satisfaction: Approve -usu. used in negative constructions [I didn't think much of the new car] -syn. THINK, CONCEIVE, IMAGINE, FANCY, REALIZE, ENVISAGE mean to form an idea of. Think implies the entrance of an idea into one's mind with or without deliberate consideration or reflection [I just thought of a good joke]. Conceive suggests the forming and bringing forth and usu. developing of an idea, plan, or design [conceived of a new marketing approach]. Imagine stresses a visualization [imagine you're at the beach]. Fancy suggests an imagining often unrestrained by reality but spurred by desires [fancied himself a super athlete]. Realize stresses a grasping of the significance of what is conceived or imagined [realized the enormitiy of the task ahead]. Envisage and Envision imply a conceiving or imagining that is esp. clear or detailed [envisaged a totally computerized operation] [envisioned a cure for the disease]. -syn.THINK, COGITATE, REFLECT, REASON, SPECULATE, DELIBERATE mean to use one's powers of conception, judgment, or inference. Think is general and may apply to any mental activity, but used alone often suggests attainment of clear ideas or conclusions [teaches students how to think]. Cogitate implies deep or intent thinking [cogitated on the mysteries of nature]. Reflect suggests unhurried consideration of something recalled to the mind [reflecting on fifty years of married life]. Reason stresses consecutive logical thinking [able to reason brilliantly in debate]. Speculate implies reasoning about things theoretical or problematic [speculated on the fate of the lost explorers]. Deliberate suggests slow or careful reasoning before forming an opinion or reaching a conclusion or decision [the jury deliberated for five hours]
[Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 10th Edition. Springfield, MA, USA: Merriam-Webster, Inc. 1995.]
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