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[verb ahy-dee-eyt, ahy-dee-eyt; noun ahy-dee-eyt, ahy-dee-it]
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verb (used with object), i·de·at·ed, i·de·at·ing.
  1. to form an idea, thought, or image of.
verb (used without object), i·de·at·ed, i·de·at·ing.
  1. to form ideas; think.
  1. ideatum.

Origin of ideate

First recorded in 1600–10; ide(a) + -ate1
Related formsi·de·a·tive [ahy-dee-uh-tiv, ahy-dee-ey-] /aɪˈdi ə tɪv, ˈaɪ diˌeɪ-/, adjectiveun·i·de·at·ed, adjectiveun·i·de·at·ing, adjective
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Examples from the Web for ideated

Historical Examples

  • Its appeal is to our freedom, and the duty is ideated before it is performed.

    Theoretical Ethics

    Milton Valentine

  • That premise works both ways, dear lady, Jrann-Pttt ideated.

    Collector's Item

    Evelyn E. Smith

  • He saw she had the capacity for deep and excited interest in truth, an emotional love for ideated experience.

    An Anarchist Woman

    Hutchins Hapgood

  • And occasionally the one ideated object was felt to exert an influence over the other.

British Dictionary definitions for ideated


  1. (tr) to form or have an idea of; to imagine or conceive
Derived Formsideation, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Medieval Latin ideat- formed as an idea, from ideare, from Greek idea model, pattern, notion
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Word Origin and History for ideated



c.1600, from idea + -ate (2). Related: Ideated; ideating.

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