thought ( thoughts plural )
1 Thought is the past tense and past participle of think.
2 n-count A thought is an idea that you have in your mind.
oft N of n/-ing, N that
The thought of Nick made her throat tighten..., He pushed the thought from his mind..., I've just had a thought.
3 n-plural A person's thoughts are their mind, or all the ideas in their mind when they are concentrating on one particular thing.
usu poss N
I jumped to my feet so my thoughts wouldn't start to wander..., If he wasn't there physically, he was always in her thoughts.
4 n-plural A person's thoughts are their opinions on a particular subject.
oft poss N, N on/about n
Many of you have written to us to express your thoughts on the conflict..., Mr Goodman, do you have any thoughts on that?
5 n-uncount Thought is the activity of thinking, especially deeply, carefully, or logically.
Alice had been so deep in thought that she had walked past her car without even seeing it..., He had given some thought to what she had told him...
6 n-count A thought is an intention, hope, or reason for doing something.
oft N of n
Sarah's first thought was to run back and get Max..., They had no thought of surrender...
7 n-sing A thought is an act of kindness or an offer of help; used especially when you are thanking someone, or expressing admiration of someone.
with supp, oft adj N
`Would you like to move into the ward?'<emdash>`A kind thought, but no, thank you.'
8 n-uncount Thought is the group of ideas and beliefs which belongs, for example, to a particular religion, philosophy, science, or political party.
Aristotle's scientific theories dominated Western thought for fifteen hundred years...
second thought ( second thoughts plural )
1 n-sing If you do something without a second thought, you do it without thinking about it carefully, usually because you do not have enough time or you do not care very much.
with brd-neg, a N
This murderous lunatic could kill them both without a second thought..., Roberto didn't give a second thought to borrowing $2,000 from him.
2 n-plural If you have second thoughtsabout a decision that you have made, you begin to doubt whether it was the best thing to do.
oft N about n
I had never had second thoughts about my decision to leave the company.
3 You can say on second thoughts or on second thought when you suddenly change your mind about something that you are saying or something that you have decided to do.
on second thoughts/on second thought phrase PHR with cl
`Wait there!' Kathryn rose. `No, on second thought, follow me.'
If something such as a book or a film is thought-provoking, it contains interesting ideas that make people think seriously. adj
This is an entertaining yet thought-provoking film.