- 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.
- a likeness.
- a mental image.
Origin of idea
Synonyms for idea
Related Words for ideasconcept, interpretation, design, sense, belief, intention, objective, scheme, conclusion, perception, theory, form, understanding, meaning, plan, solution, thought, suggestion, opinion, feeling
Examples from the Web for ideas
Contemporary Examples of ideas
Submission is less a novel of ideas than a political book, and of the most subversive kind.Houellebecq’s Incendiary Novel Imagines France With a Muslim President
January 9, 2015
In conversation, her ideas emerge at a roiling boil that often takes on a momentum of its own.Daphne Merkin on Lena Dunham, Book Criticism, and Self-Examination
December 26, 2014
We were on her roof talking and trying to come up with ideas, to think of alternatives to renting a studio.#Setinthestreet: Your Street Corner Is Their Art Project
December 24, 2014
Right now, former Virginia Senator James Webb may prove the best vehicle for dino-Democratic ideas.Time to Bring Back the Truman Democrats
December 21, 2014
Hitchcock identifies the good stuff quickly, and his own ideas are almost always right.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
Historical Examples of ideas
There is hardly an exception to this in the whole history of Caucasian ideas.The Conquest of Fear
It might not meet your ideas of what a spot so named should be.
Her husband had ideas on that subject, and had imbued her with them.
The sinister association of ideas made Mary shudder, but she said no more.Within the Law
He was trying to fit his own ideas of luxury to a garden hose and a city street.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
- a private mental object, regarded as the immediate object of thought or perception
- a Platonic Idea or Form
Word Origin for idea
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."
see bright idea; put ideas in someone's head; what's the idea.