UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈθɔːt/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/θɔt/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(thôt)

From the verb think: (⇒ conjugate)
thought is: Click the infinitive to see all available inflections
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."
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Most examples are given in US English. We have labeled exceptions as UK.
  1. a [bad, sad, malicious, scary, kind, negative, sudden] thought
  2. having [impure, dirty, sinful] thoughts
  3. [just, suddenly] had a thought
  4. was [deep, concentrated] in thought
  5. lost in her (own) thoughts
  6. lost my train of thought
  7. need to collect my thoughts
  8. there's no thought of [going, turning, heading] back
  9. with no thought of [the consequences, what might happen]
  10. gave no thought to their [behavior, actions, reply]
  11. gave it no thought before [going, saying, doing]
  12. give a thought for the [poor, refugees, victims, disadvantaged]
  13. spare a thought for the [poor]
  14. my thoughts are with [you, his family]
  15. [harboring, entertaining] thoughts of [revenge, resentment]
  16. having thoughts of [suicide, killing yourself]
  17. the thought (just) [entered, popped into] his head
  18. a thought just occurred to me
  19. the thought occurred to me that
  20. the [freedom, speed] of thought
  21. [Latin, scientific, progressive, conventional] thought
  22. the [old, traditional, modern, ancient] school of thought
  23. it is the thought that counts
  24. well, it was a nice thought [at least, anyway]
  25. it's a troubling thought
  26. (just) the thought of it sent shivers down my spine
  27. just the thought of [it, the idea] scares me!
  28. what are your thoughts on the [question, issue, matter, decision]?
  29. felt [sick, excited] at the very thought of it
  30. UK: in thought, word and deed
  31. a penny for your thoughts!
  32. thoughts and feelings
  33. controlled by thought (alone)
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Most examples are given in US English. We have labeled exceptions as UK.
  1. (yes,) I think so
  2. (no,) I don't think so
  3. think (that) you [could, would, should]
  4. think this is [important, delicious, difficult]
  5. I think I [know, want, need, saw]
  6. [personally, actually, honestly] think that
  7. I thought you [said you, didn't like, weren't going to]
  8. think about [that, this]
  9. think about [how, why, when, where]
  10. think about [home, your wife, work]
  11. think about [going, buying, coming, finishing, leaving, trying]
  12. I got to thinking (about)
  13. thinking of [going]
  14. UK: I thought not!
  15. (can't) think of [something, anything]
  16. I never thought of that
  17. I never thought I would (ever) [say this, see the day]
  18. thinking of you
  19. he thinks [a lot, very highly] of you
  20. think [to, for] yourself
  21. I'm thinking [out loud, aloud]
  22. think too [hard, much, deeply]
  23. think [fast, on your feet]
  24. (need to) think big
  25. (try to) think ahead
  26. think before you [speak, answer]
  27. think in terms of [the people, his own success, their safety]
  28. think the (exact) same thing (as)
  29. let me think
  30. what do you think?
  31. [I don't care, it doesn't matter] what [you, other people] think
  32. how could you (ever) think [such a thing, that]?
  33. is thought to have [been, died, caused]
  34. is thought to be the [first, biggest, only]
  35. is thought responsible for
  36. [is usually, tends to be] thought of as
  37. think through the [problem, equation, solution]
  38. didn't think it through [carefully, properly]
  39. need (time) to think it over
  40. (need) time to think on it
  1. let me have a think about [it, the idea, the situation]
  2. give it a [good, thorough, careful, quiet, little] think
  3. have a think over what I've said
n as adj
  1. (then) you've got another think coming!
  2. a (government) think tank
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