Synonyms of thought
1 thinkingDictionary • After much thought I decided to end my marriage.
reflection • After days of reflection she decided to write back.
deliberation • His decision was the result of great deliberation.
musing • She mistook his musing for purposeful loitering.
meditation • Lost in meditation, he walked with slow steps along the shore.
contemplation • The garden is a place of quiet contemplation.
2 opinionDictionary • It is my thought that the situation will be resolved.
opinion • Most who expressed an opinion spoke favourably of him.
view • You should make your views known to your local MP.
belief • It is my belief that a common ground can be found.
idea • Some of his ideas about democracy are entirely his own.
thinking • There was a strong theoretical dimension to his thinking.
concept • She added that the concept of arranged marriages is misunderstood in the west.
conclusion • We came to the conclusion that it was too difficult to combine the two techniques.
assessment • He was referred to a psychiatric hospital for assessment.
notion • I disagree with the notion that violence on TV causes acts of violence in society.
conviction • Their religious convictions prevented them from taking up arms.
judgment • In your judgment, what has changed over the past few years?
conception • The symphony is admirable in its conception.
estimation • He has gone down considerably in my estimation.
3 considerationDictionary • He had given some thought to what she had told him.
consideration • He said there should be careful consideration of the company's future role.
study • the use of maps and visual evidence in the study of local history
attention • He turned his attention to the desperate state of housing in the province.
care • I chose my words with care.
regard • I have a very high regard for him and what he has achieved.
scrutiny • His private life came under media scrutiny.
heed • He pays too much heed these days to my nephew Tom.
4 intentionDictionary • They had no thought of surrendering.
intention • He announced his intention of standing for parliament.
plan • Her plan was to teach the children at home.
idea • The idea is to help lower-income families to buy their homes.
design • Is there some design in having him here?
aim • a research programme that has failed to achieve its aim
purpose • They are prepared to go to any lengths to achieve their purpose.
object • The object of the exercise is to raise money for charity.
5 hopeDictionary • He had now banished all thought of retirement.
hope • Kevin hasn't given up hope of being fit.
expectation • His nerves tingled with expectation.
dream • My dream is to have a house in the country.
prospect • There is little prospect of having these questions answered.
aspiration • the needs and aspirations of our pupils
anticipation • There's been an atmosphere of anticipation round here for some days.
6 concernDictionary • They had no thought for others who might get hurt.
concern • He had only gone along out of concern for his two grandsons.
care • He never seemed to have a care in the world.
anxiety • His voice was full of anxiety.
sympathy • We expressed our sympathy for her loss.
compassion • The Dalai Lama practises what he preaches: universal kindness and compassion.
solicitude • He is full of tender solicitude towards my sister.
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aimThe aim of something that you do is the purpose for which you do it or the result that it is intended to achieve.
• a research programme that has failed to achieve its aim
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Holy Grail (informal)
anticipationAnticipation is a feeling of excitement about something pleasant or exciting that you know is going to happen.
• There's been an atmosphere of anticipation round here for some days.
anxietyAnxiety is a feeling of nervousness or worry.
• His voice was full of anxiety.
Thesaurus for thought from the Collins English Thesaurus
the act or process of thinking; deliberation, meditation, or reflection
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