thought

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English[edit]

A girl thinking

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English thought, ithoȝt, from Old English þōht, ġeþōht, from Proto-Germanic *þanhtaz, *gaþanhtą (thought), from Proto-Indo-European *teng- (to think). Cognate with Scots thocht (thought), Saterland Frisian Toacht (thought), West Frisian oandacht (attention, regard, thought), Dutch gedachte (thought), German Andacht (reverence, devotion, prayer), Icelandic þóttur (thought). Related to thank.

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Noun[edit]

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thought (countable and uncountable, plural thoughts)

  1. (countable) Form created in the mind, rather than the forms perceived through the five senses; an instance of thinking.
    The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 8, in The Celebrity:
      I corralled the judge, and we started off across the fields, in no very mild state of fear of that gentleman's wife, whose vigilance was seldom relaxed. And thus we came by a circuitous route to Mohair, the judge occupied by his own guilty thoughts, and I by others not less disturbing.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 5, in The Mirror and the Lamp:
      He was thinking; but the glory of the song, the swell from the great organ, the clustered lights, […], the height and vastness of this noble fane, its antiquity and its strength—all these things seemed to have their part as causes of the thrilling emotion that accompanied his thoughts.
  2. (uncountable) The operation by which such forms arise or are manipulated; the process of thinking; the agency by which thinking is accomplished.
    Without freedom of thought there can be no such thing as wisdom, and no such thing as public liberty without freedom of speech.
    • (Can we date this quote by Paul Fix and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      The only reason some people get lost in thought is because it’s unfamiliar territory.
  3. (uncountable) A way of thinking (associated with a group, nation or region).
    Traditional eastern thought differs markedly from that of the west.

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Verb[edit]

thought

  1. simple past tense and past participle of think