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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 well-being 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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

think of

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.
See also: of, think
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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To make this theory concrete, let us suppose that you are thinking of St.
They are always thinking of what they can get for themselves, and not of what other people may lose."
"He never got into trouble by thinking of his own idle pleasures, but because he was always thinking of the work he was doing for other people.
Garth shook his head to help out the inadequacy of words--"what I am thinking of is-- what it must be for a wife when she's never sure of her husband, when he hasn't got a principle in him to make him more afraid of doing the wrong thing by others than of getting his own toes pinched.
He opened it, scarcely thinking of the writer, but the first words attracted his attention at once.
In a few days he was in Yorkshire again, and on his long railroad journey he found himself thinking of his boy as he had never thought in all the ten years past.
Long prior to the age of reflection is the thinking of the mind.
Every man, in the degree in which he has wit and culture, finds his curiosity inflamed concerning the modes of living and thinking of other men, and especially of those classes whose minds have not been subdued by the drill of school education.
If you're thinking of a text, what do you say to: With Christ, which is far better?"
When the teachers asked the children "What is thinking?," the children drew or talked about objects or events that had happened in their lives, such as "I am thinking about pizza or a particular toy." Other responses were related to household events, like "I am thinking of my mom." Incorporating a thinking language was a critical step toward engaging children in thinking routines, but it was also hard until the teachers became aware of the thinking process and used a word that reflected that thinking process.
A young daughter and her loving mother play a simple game together: "'Are you thinking of having a pretty dress?' / 'No.
In a study assessing the critical thinking of 256 university students using a Critical Reasoning Test, Pithers & Soden (1999) found no significant between-group differences in critical thinking for graduate versus nongraduate students.
By the time we perform a piece of music from memory, we are no longer consciously thinking of the mechanical means of playing it: fingering, arm movements, bowing, breathing and so on.