- 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
Examples from the Web for 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|Pierre Assouline|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
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|Mindy Farabee|December 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|James Joiner|December 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Right now, former Virginia Senator James Webb may prove the best vehicle for dino-Democratic ideas.
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|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The forbidden produce of our ideas was favoured even by those whose charge was to exclude it.History of the Girondists, Volume I|Alphonse de Lamartine
What train of ideas, for example, is suggested to the average reader by the Roll-Chair Company?
He expatiated with great profoundness and fertility of ideas, on the uses to which a faculty like this might be employed.Memoirs of Carwin the Biloquist|Charles Brockden Brown
The letters with which Mr. Reeve has favored me give glimpses of how ideas and calls came to her sometimes.Harriet Martineau|Florence Fenwick Miller
As a contribution to that change of ideas and of values these pages are offered.The Fruits of Victory|Norman Angell
British Dictionary definitions for ideas (1 of 2)
- a private mental object, regarded as the immediate object of thought or perception
- a Platonic Idea or Form
Word Origin for idea
British Dictionary definitions for ideas (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for ideas
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."
Medicine definitions for ideas
Idioms and Phrases with ideas
see bright idea; put ideas in someone's head; what's the idea.