idea

[ ahy-dee-uh, ahy-deeuh ]
/ aɪˈdi ə, aɪˈdiə /
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noun


Nearby words

  1. idc,
  2. idd,
  3. iddhi,
  4. iddm,
  5. ide,
  6. idea hamster,
  7. idea man,
  8. idea of pure reason,
  9. idea of reference,
  10. ideaistic

Origin of idea

1400–50; < Late Latin < Greek idéā form, pattern, equivalent to ide- (stem of ideîn to see) + feminine noun ending; replacing late Middle English idee < Middle French < Late Latin, as above; akin to wit1

SYNONYMS FOR idea
1, 2. Idea, thought, conception, notion refer to a product of mental activity. Idea, although it may refer to thoughts of any degree of seriousness or triviality, is commonly used for mental concepts considered more important or elaborate: We pondered the idea of the fourth dimension. The idea of his arrival frightened me. Thought, which reflects its primary emphasis on the mental process, may denote any concept except the more weighty and elaborate ones: I welcomed his thoughts on the subject. A thought came to him. Conception suggests a thought that seems complete, individual, recent, or somewhat intricate: The architect's conception delighted them. Notion suggests a fleeting, vague, or imperfect thought: a bare notion of how to proceed. 4. sentiment, judgment.

Related formsi·de·a·less, adjectivepre·i·de·a, nounsub·i·de·a, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for idea

idea

/ (aɪˈdɪə) /

noun

Derived Formsidealess, adjective

Word Origin for idea

C16: via Late Latin from Greek: model, pattern, notion, from idein to see

usage

It is usually considered correct to say that someone has the idea of doing something, rather than the idea to do it: he had the idea of taking (not the idea to take) a short holiday

Idea

/ (aɪˈdɪə) /

noun

another name for Form
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Word Origin and History for idea

idea

n.
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Medicine definitions for idea

idea

[ ī-dēə ]

n.

Something, such as a thought or conception, that potentially or actually exists in the mind as a product of mental activity.

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Idioms and Phrases with idea

idea

see bright idea; put ideas in someone's head; what's the idea.

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