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To think better of

Think \Think\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Thought; p. pr. & vb. n. Thinking.] [OE. thinken, properly, to seem, from AS. [thorn]yncean (cf. Methinks), but confounded with OE. thenken to think, fr. AS. [thorn]encean (imp. [thorn][=o]hte); akin to D. denken, dunken, OS. thenkian, thunkian, G. denken, d["u]nken, Icel. [thorn]ekkja to perceive, to know, [thorn]ykkja to seem, Goth. [thorn]agkjan, [thorn]aggkjan, to think, [thorn]ygkjan to think, to seem, OL. tongere to know. Cf. Thank, Thought.]

  1. To seem or appear; -- used chiefly in the expressions methinketh or methinks, and methought.

    Note: These are genuine Anglo-Saxon expressions, equivalent to it seems to me, it seemed to me. In these expressions me is in the dative case.

  2. To employ any of the intellectual powers except that of simple perception through the senses; to exercise the higher intellectual faculties.

    For that I am I know, because I think.
    --Dryden.

  3. Specifically: (a) To call anything to mind; to remember; as, I would have sent the books, but I did not think of it. Well thought upon; I have it here. --Shak. (b) To reflect upon any subject; to muse; to meditate; to ponder; to consider; to deliberate. And when he thought thereon, he wept. --Mark xiv. 72. He thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? --Luke xii. 17. (c) To form an opinion by reasoning; to judge; to conclude; to believe; as, I think it will rain to-morrow. Let them marry to whom they think best. --Num. xxxvi. 6. (d) To purpose; to intend; to design; to mean. I thought to promote thee unto great honor. --Num. xxiv. 1

    1. Thou thought'st to help me.
      --Shak. (e) To presume; to venture.

      Think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father.
      --Matt. iii. 9.

      Note: To think, in a philosophical use as yet somewhat limited, designates the higher intellectual acts, the acts pre["e]minently rational; to judge; to compare; to reason. Thinking is employed by Hamilton as ``comprehending all our collective energies.'' It is defined by Mansel as ``the act of knowing or judging by means of concepts,''by Lotze as ``the reaction of the mind on the material supplied by external influences.'' See Thought.

      To think better of. See under Better.

      To think much of, or To think well of, to hold in esteem; to esteem highly.

      Syn: To expect; guess; cogitate; reflect; ponder; contemplate; meditate; muse; imagine; suppose; believe. See Expect, Guess.

To think better of

Better \Bet"ter\, adv.; compar. of Well.

  1. In a superior or more excellent manner; with more skill and wisdom, courage, virtue, advantage, or success; as, Henry writes better than John; veterans fight better than recruits.

    I could have better spared a better man.
    --Shak.

  2. More correctly or thoroughly.

    The better to understand the extent of our knowledge.
    --Locke.

  3. In a higher or greater degree; more; as, to love one better than another.

    Never was monarch better feared, and loved.
    --Shak.

  4. More, in reference to value, distance, time, etc.; as, ten miles and better. [Colloq.]

    To think better of (any one), to have a more favorable opinion of any one.

    To think better of (an opinion, resolution, etc.), to reconsider and alter one's decision.

To think better of

Better \Bet"ter\, adv.; compar. of Well.

  1. In a superior or more excellent manner; with more skill and wisdom, courage, virtue, advantage, or success; as, Henry writes better than John; veterans fight better than recruits.

    I could have better spared a better man.
    --Shak.

  2. More correctly or thoroughly.

    The better to understand the extent of our knowledge.
    --Locke.

  3. In a higher or greater degree; more; as, to love one better than another.

    Never was monarch better feared, and loved.
    --Shak.

  4. More, in reference to value, distance, time, etc.; as, ten miles and better. [Colloq.]

    To think better of (any one), to have a more favorable opinion of any one.

    To think better of (an opinion, resolution, etc.), to reconsider and alter one's decision.

Usage examples of "to think better of".

Hiram opened his lips as though it was his intent to answer, then seemed to think better of it and contented himself by nodding his head.

Maybe it was just that he was handsome and had broad shoulders, but she liked to think better of herself.

He took a step toward the Swenses, then pretended to think better of it and began backing up again.

In fact, he seemed to think better of himself than Sharina thought of the king in Valles.

The man looked ready to quarrel, then seemed to think better of it and returned to his work.

She seemed on the verge of asking something else, seemed to think better of it, and departed.