Wordnik: Think

If you have not heard of wordnik.com, I recommend you go check it out immediately, especially if you consider yourself a linguaphile. It’s like Google and the Oxford English Dictionary had a child; its slogan is “Connecting people with meaning.”


You can search for a word and then just jump around every possible tool they offer to help you understand and use the word: definition, usage, connection, variation, rhymes. You can also create lists of words to save interesting or related words and see other people’s lists.

Here are my highlights from the “think” entry. I picked anything that gave me a deeper understanding of thinking or words I think are fun to say:

v. To have or formulate in the mind; To reason about or reflect on; To devise or evolve; To exercise the power of reason, as by conceiving ideas, drawing inferences, and using judgment.
idiom. think big

Cogitate, Muse, Imagine

Hypernyms (words that are more generic or abstract):
Ideate, Envisage, Weighing

Hyponyms (Words that are more specific):
Plan, Speculate, Philosophis(z)ing

Think Quotes:


“We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far.”
Swami Vivekananda (Hindu Monk)



“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”
Martin Luther King Jr. (Activist)

What are your thoughts on thinking? Share what inspires you to think.


A Challenge to Think

to think: Have a particular opinion, belief, or idea about someone or something

I was a highly introspective child and I considered thinking to be easy, and because the definition of thinking is the act of having thoughts, it was easy for me.

As I’ve gotten older and developed more complicated thoughts and opinions, I feel like I struggle to think, as though my mind is not sure how to move thought effectively or in a constructive and interesting way. I know that isn’t fair. I’m smart and I know how to “think” but I want to be better at constructing thoughts. It analyzing information and events in a way that creates connections and enlightens me.

Tangentially, I want to explore the creativity and thought that goes into different theories, developments and creations from government to fashion.

p.s. Fifty points for using “tangentially.”