- any conception existing in the mind as a result of mental understanding, awareness, or activity.
- a thought, conception, or notion: That is an excellent idea.
- an impression: He gave me a general idea of how he plans to run the department.
- an opinion, view, or belief: His ideas on raising children are certainly strange.
- a plan of action; an intention: the idea of becoming an engineer.
- a groundless supposition; fantasy.
- a concept developed by the mind.
- a conception of what is desirable or ought to be; ideal.
- (initial capital letter)Platonism.Also called form.an archetype or pattern of which the individual objects in any natural class are imperfect copies and from which they derive their being.
- Kantianism.idea of pure reason.
- Music. a theme, phrase, or figure.
- a likeness.
- a mental image.
Origin of idea
Synonyms for idea
Examples from the Web for idealess
Historical Examples of idealess
Only three were as utterly rude and idealess as they used to be at Christmas.The Daisy Chain
We have listened to all the drowsy, idealess, vapid sermons that we wish to hear.The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 1 (of 12)
Robert G. Ingersoll
At such times a man is indeed helpless, and Drake stood overwhelmed and idealess.Nell, of Shorne Mills
Their special horror is of the compulsory theme, extracted from unwilling and idealess minds.College Teaching
On general subjects they are idealess and voiceless beyond monosyllables.Our Deportment
John H. Young
- any content of the mind, esp the conscious mind
- the thought of somethingthe very idea appals me
- a mental representation of somethingshe's got a good idea of the layout of the factory
- the characterization of something in general terms; conceptthe idea of a square circle is self-contradictory
- an individual's conception of somethinghis idea of honesty is not the same as yours and mine
- the belief that something is the casehe has the idea that what he's doing is right
- a scheme, intention, plan, etchere's my idea for the sales campaign
- a vague notion or indication; inklinghe had no idea of what life would be like in Africa
- significance or purposethe idea of the game is to discover the murderer
- a private mental object, regarded as the immediate object of thought or perception
- a Platonic Idea or Form
- music a thematic phrase or figure; motif
- obsolete a mental image
- get ideas to become ambitious, restless, etc
- not one's idea of not what one regards as (hard work, a holiday, etc)
- that's an idea that is worth considering
- the very idea! that is preposterous, unreasonable, etc
Word Origin for idea
- another name for Form
late 14c., "archetype of a thing in the mind of God; Platonic `idea,'" from Latin idea "idea," and in Platonic philosophy "archetype," from Greek idea "ideal prototype," literally "the look of a thing (as opposed to the reality); form; kind, sort, nature," from idein "to see," from PIE *wid-es-ya-, suffixed form of root *weid- "to see" (see vision). Sense of "result of thinking" first recorded 1640s.
Men of one idea, like a hen with one chicken, and that a duckling. [Thoreau, "Walden"]
Idée fixe (1836) is from French, literally "fixed idea."
- Something, such as a thought or conception, that potentially or actually exists in the mind as a product of mental activity.
see bright idea; put ideas in someone's head; what's the idea.