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  • v. To create in one’s mind; to invent.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. devise or invent


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  • As an eleventh-grade straight A student let me know after a talk I gave at her school, I love to think up remembering gimmicks.

    A Mind at a Time

  • Come on now, Chessingham, you've had time to think up a better explanation than that one.

    The Satan Bug

  • You think up something as vile and murderous and nonsensical as this and you think Wolf Meynert is going to save the world?

    The War with the Newts

  • At home, parents can play word games in which children think up as many words as they can that, say, contain “auto-” and then talk about what all those words have in common.

    A Mind at a Time

  • He had to think up some damned fine excuse for not overwhelming us, and Chance provided it, at the last moment, when our guns and cavalry inexplicably with-drew, leaving our infantry as lonely as the policeman at Herne Bay.

    Flashman and the Mountain of Light

  • Well, bottom line, he's awesome, and I'm lucky, but I had to use that dedication, because it made me think "that was just like that dedication about interesting times," and I always wished I could think up a vague dedication, something a little more interesting than "To Spot, the greatest Dalmatian ever!!!!!!" and then I did, and so there you go.

    Undead and Unworthy

  • He was much talked about in the old days, when he used to think up some new stunt every month, walking along the wing of an airplane in flight, parachuting over the Place de la Concorde and landing a few feet from the Obelisk, or leaping from a galloping horse into a racing car.

    Maigret and the Pickpocket

  • Occasionally the other Postulants and I would think up some mischief.

    The Grace to Race


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