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Thought appears in the following tongue twisters:

  • I thought, I thought of thinking of thanking you.
  • The thirty-three thieves thought that they thrilled the throne throughout Thursday.
  • I thought the haughty Professor Tortoise taught ontology, but the naughty Tortoise taught us tautology.
    (by Dachlan Cartwright)
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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Usage statistics for the noun thought:

imaginative writing76.47%informational writing23.53%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun thought:


Thought is sometimes a misspelling of thoughts.

The word thought is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun thought

What does thought mean as a name of something?

Thought is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: thoughts

  1. the content of cognition; the main thing you are thinking about
  2. the process of using your mind to consider something carefully
  3. the organized beliefs of a period or group or individual
    • examples: 19th century thought | Darwinian thought
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • more generic word: belief = any cognitive content held as true
    • more specific word: mainstream = the prevailing current of thought
  4. a personal belief or judgment that is not founded on proof or certainty

Alternative definition of the noun thought


  1. form created in the mind, rather than the forms perceived through the five senses; an instance of thinking.
  2. [uncountable] the process by which such forms arise or are manipulated; thinking.
  3. way of thinking (associated with a group, nation or region).

Definition of the verb thought

What does thought mean as a doing word?


  1. past of think


"Thought" is a 1933 sculpture by Yannoulis Chalepas.

  • completed in (83 years ago)


  1. "Thought" is a poem written by Taras Shevchenko in 1838.
    • also known as Dumka
  2. "Thought" is a book by Walter S. Gamertsfelder.
    • also known as "Thought, existence and reality as viewed by F. H. Bradley and Bernard Bosanquet"


"Thought" is a musical album of Charlie Hall.

Phrases with Thought

Phrases starting with the word Thought:

  1. thought-out
  2. thought-image
  3. Thought-World
  4. Thought Bubble
  5. Thought Police
  6. Thought Shower
  7. thought-reader
  8. Thought Balloon
  9. thought process
  10. Thought Through

Phrases ending with the word Thought:

  1. free thought
  2. Give Thought
  3. second thought
  4. line of thought
  5. Lost in Thought
  6. Mode of Thought
  7. abstract thought
  8. food for thought
  9. train of thought

Other phrase containing the word Thought:

  1. well-thought-of

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Printed encyclopedias and other books with definitions for Thought

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Google previewTending Life's Garden (2005)

by Xingyun, Hsing Yun, Edmond Chang, Robin Stevens

A harmful thought is a false or misleading thought. It arises...

On the other hand, a positive thought is a pure thought.

Google previewMindfulness in Action (2015)

Making Friends with Yourself through Meditation and Everyday Awareness by Chogyam Trungpa

First thought is an intuition that we pick up on in ourselves, but we often don't accept it. We're not prepared to accept our own...

First thought is a direct experience before good, bad, and indifferent arise. You are still in “noman'sland.” The area ...

Google previewThe Philosophy of As If (2014)

by H. Vaihinger

Thought is an art, but logic is a science, and a technology in particular.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Political Thought (2001)

by Garrett Ward Sheldon

United States See AMERICAN POLITICAL THOUGHT . utilitarian/utilitarianism An ethical and political perspective developed in the 19th century by British philosophers Jeremy BENTHAM, James MILL, and John Stuart MILL. Its name comes ...

Google previewThe Princeton Encyclopedia of Islamic Political Thought (2013)

by Gerhard Böwering, Patricia Crone

pluralism and tolerance Qur'an revival and reform shari'a traditional political thought 'ulama' Historical developments, Sects and Schools, ...

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Slow Thought

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Quotes about Thought

But you don't decide what to do with the info. Thought runs you. Thought, however, gives false info that you are running it, that you are the one who controls thought. Whereas actually thought is the one which controls each one of us. (David Bohm)
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Scrabble value of T1H4O1U1G2H4T1

The value of this 7-letter word is 14 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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