English version

think something ↔ up

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishthink something ↔ up phrasal verbINVENTto produce a new idea, name etc by thinking She was trying to think up an excuse. Did you think that up yourself? Who thinks up names for new products? think→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
think upHow do they think them up?Not once did she think of giving up.Today I would like you to think about taking up a new interest or hobby.And I am not really sure of it at all, she thought, standing up and looking about her.At last! she thought, looking up at John.Lately I have been thinking of taking up cigarettes again.I think they put up forty-four units in one place, and about fifty units in an-other.I think that shows up in certain issues.
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Verb table
think
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theythink
he, she, itthinks
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theythought
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave thought
he, she, ithas thought
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad thought
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill think
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have thought
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam thinking
he, she, itis thinking
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you, we, theyare thinking
Past
I, he, she, itwas thinking
you, we, theywere thinking
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been thinking
he, she, ithas been thinking
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been thinking
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be thinking
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been thinking
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