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think of

1. To consider something; to have something as a possible plan or idea. I'm thinking of dying my hair pink—is that too extreme? I thought of that solution, but it just wouldn't work with our current schedule.
2. To bring into existence as a thought. I thought of a brilliant idea for a story just as I was going to sleep, but I couldn't remember it when I woke up. A: "What are we going to do?" B: "Just give me a minute, I'll think of something."
3. To recall someone or something. I always think of my first girlfriend whenever I hear this song. Seeing the kids having so much fun in the pool like that makes me think of my own childhood in summertime.
4. To consider the wellbeing of someone or something while or before one does something. I know you're angry, Jack, but think of your kids—don't let them grow up without a father! I'm sorry, but I've got to think about my family and what's best for them, so I'm afraid I can't remain in the business any longer.
5. To hold a particular opinion about someone or something. In this usage, an adverb is used between "think" and "of." I can tell your last boss thinks very highly of you, judging from the reference letter she wrote for you. I could tell the board thought ill of my proposal.
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think something of someone or something

to hold a particular kind of opinion of someone or something; to hold someone or something in a particular kind of regard. (Such as ill, good, highly, bad, much, a lot, a great deal.) Please don't think ill of me. It was a silly mistake. That's all. We think quite highly of your plan.
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think of someone or something

to contemplate someone or something. I think of you whenever I go to the restaurant where we used to eat. Whenever I see a rainbow, I think of Susan.
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think of

v.
1. To weigh or consider some idea: I'm thinking of moving to New York.
2. To bring some thought to mind by imagination or invention: No one thought of that idea before I did.
3. To recall some thought or image to mind: I thought of my childhood when I saw the movie.
4. To consider something to be of some quality. Used with an adverb: My friend thinks highly of your writing and wants to meet you. I hope they don't think badly of me for being so late.
5. To have care or consideration for someone or something: You should think of your family when you choose a place to go on vacation.
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I think of it as at home, for example, among members of my congregation in Aldersgate United Methodist Church, when we have to make decisions about our new pastor's housing and the like.