Definition of thinking noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈθɪŋkɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈθɪŋkɪŋ//
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  1. 1  the process of thinking about something I had to do some quick thinking. see also lateral thinking, wishful thinking
  2. 2  ideas or opinions about something What is the current thinking on this question? She explained the thinking behind the campaign.
  3. Extra examples His claims to be a millionaire are just wishful thinking. His writings on motorized warfare dominated strategic thinking in the 1930s. It was difficult to see what the thinking was behind their eventual decision. She believes in encouraging creative thinking in the classroom. The book shows you how to apply critical thinking to your studies. The latest announcement marks a major shift in government thinking. The school would have made better use of the money with a little forward thinking. There’s been a shift in government thinking on genetically modified food. They are unlikely to have changed their thinking so soon. This topic requires a lot of deep thinking. To my way of thinking, it would just be a massive waste of money. Traditional educational thinking placed importance on learning by rote. We have some hard thinking to do before we agree to the plan. We hope that her book will stimulate thinking about this subject. What is the current Conservative thinking on social security? What is the current party thinking on welfare benefits? Yes, I’ll email her instead—that’s good thinking= a good idea. Yes, we’ll phone them instead—that’s good thinking. a brilliant piece of lateral thinking contemporary trends in feminist thinking The new thinking in foreign policy led to a more open attitude towards the West. This concept goes against much traditional thinking about language. We aim to develop the processes of scientific thinking in children.Idioms in my opinion
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: thinking