Definition of Think tank

1. Noun. A company that does research for hire and issues reports on the implications.

Exact synonyms: Think Factory
Generic synonyms: Company

Definition of Think tank

1. Noun. (idiomatic) A group of people who collectively perform research and develop reports and recommendations on topics relating to strategic planning or public policy, and which is usually funded by corporate, government, or special interests. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Think Tank

think back
think better of
think factory
think fast
think much of
think nothing of it
think of
think of the children
think on
think on one's feet
think out
think over
think piece
think tank (current term)
think tanks
think the world of
think through
think twice
think up
think with one's other head

Literary usage of Think tank

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. 16 Days: The Role of the Olympic Truce in the Toolkit for Peace by Rachel Briggs, Helen McCarthy, Alexis Zorbas (2004)
"... an international think tank Demos is an international and independent think tank looking for new ideas which can improve the quality of our lives. ..."

2. End The Biggest Educational And Intellectual Blunder In History: A $100,000 by Norman W. Edmund (2005)
"The “intensive research” in the dictionary definition of a think tank means research done following the scientific method. For greater public acceptance, ..."

3. Pete Crowther: Salesman by Elmer Ellsworth Ferris (1913)
"... but the trouble is he limits himself in his own mind — sort of locks himself up in his own think-tank, see, and never goes any farther. ..."

4. The Language of Foreign Affairs (1987)
"From another angle: "a think tank rents out an expertise and a perspective that official and private clients cannot easily provide for themselves. ..."

5. The Digital Work Force: Building Infotech Skills at the Speed of Innovation by Carol A. Meares (2000)
"think tank representative Retraining the Incumbent Work Force Keeping the ... A representative of a Maryland-based academic think tank cited this fear as a ..."

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