thought1 [θo:t US θo:t]
the past tense and past participle of ↑think 1
thought 2
thought2 W1S1 n
1¦(something you think about)¦
3¦(careful consideration)¦
4¦(act of thinking)¦
5¦(caring about something)¦
7¦(way of thinking)¦
8 spare a thought for somebody
9 it's just a thought
10 it's/that's a thought!
11 don't give it another thought
12 it's the thought that counts
[: Old English; Origin: thoht]
something that you think of, remember, or realize
= ↑idea
Erika had a sudden thought . 'Why don't you come with me?'
The thought occurred to me that he might not be telling the truth.
A thought struck her and she asked, 'Luke, are you married?'
To be honest, the thought had never crossed my mind .
Children sometimes need help expressing their thoughts and feelings.
Her thoughts turned to Edward, and she remembered what he had said to her.
Of course, the thought that I might not have a job next year is a bit troubling.
Just the thought of more food made her feel sick.
The very thought of going back there filled him with dread.
The fact that this country spends more on its military than on education and health care combined is a sobering thought .
Louis could not bear the thought of losing her.
thoughts [plural]
a person's ideas or opinions about something
What are your thoughts, Michael?
thoughts on
Any thoughts on how we should spend the money?
careful and serious consideration
With more thought and care this would have been a first-class essay.
give sth thought/give thought to sth
(=think carefully about something)
I've been giving your proposal a lot of thought.
Have you given any more thought to going back to school?
the act or process of thinking
lost/deep in thought
(=thinking so much that you do not notice what is happening around you)
Derek was staring out of the window, lost in thought.
Piaget's research focused on children's thought processes (=the way their minds work) .
a feeling of worrying or caring about something
thought for
He went back into the burning building with no thought for his own safety.
Have you no thought for anyone but yourself?
You are always in my thoughts (=used to tell someone that you think and care about them a lot) .
6.) ¦(INTENTION)¦ [U and C]
intention or hope of doing something
thought of doing sth
I had no thought of gaining any personal advantage.
Lucy gave up all thought of finishing the essay that day.
a way of thinking that is typical of a particular group, period of history etc
ancient Greek/feminist/18th-century etc thought
Kant's ideas had a strong influence on political thought.
8.) spare a thought for sb
BrE used to tell someone that they should think about someone who is in a worse situation than they are
Spare a thought for those who don't have enough to eat.
9.) it's just a thought
spoken used to say that what you have just said is only a suggestion and you have not thought about it very much
It was just a thought, Duncan. I didn't mean any offence.
10.) it's/that's a thought!
spoken used to say that someone has made a good suggestion
'Why don't you ask Walter?' 'That's a thought! I'll phone him right away.'
11.) don't give it another thought
spoken used to tell someone not to worry after they have told you they are sorry
12.) it's the thought that counts
spoken used to say that you are grateful for a gift from someone even though it is small or unimportant
perish the thought! atperish, on second thoughts atsecond1 (8)
school of thought atschool1 (8)
COLLOCATES for sense 1
have a thought
a thought occurs to you/strikes you/comes to you (=you think of something)
the thought never crossed my mind spoken (=used when saying that you never thought about something - often used humorously )
express your thoughts (=say what you are thinking about)
your thoughts turn to somebody/something (=you start thinking about someone or something)
the thought that
the thought of something
the very thought (=used to emphasize that the idea of something seems very surprising or worrying)
a sobering thought (=a serious and worrying thought)
I cannot bear the thought (of something) (=used to say that you would never want something to happen)
now there's a thought! spoken (=used when an idea seems very funny, interesting, or strange)

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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