[ verb ahy-dee-eyt, ahy-dee-eyt; noun ahy-dee-eyt, ahy-dee-it ]
/ verb ˈaɪ diˌeɪt, aɪˈdi eɪt; noun ˈaɪ diˌeɪt, aɪˈdi ɪt /
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verb (used with object), i·de·at·ed, i·de·at·ing.
to form an idea, thought, or image of.
verb (used without object), i·de·at·ed, i·de·at·ing.
to form ideas; think.
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OTHER WORDS FROM ideatei·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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How to use ideate in a sentence
And occasionally the one ideated object was felt to exert an influence over the other.
Its appeal is to our freedom, and the duty is ideated before it is performed.Theoretical Ethics|Milton Valentine
Does this shifting of the attention involve ideated movements?
He saw she had the capacity for deep and excited interest in truth, an emotional love for ideated experience.An Anarchist Woman|Hutchins Hapgood
That premise works both ways, dear lady, Jrann-Pttt ideated.Collector's Item|Evelyn E. Smith
British Dictionary definitions for ideate
/ (ˈaɪdɪˌeɪt) /
(tr) to form or have an idea of; to imagine or conceive
Derived forms of ideateideation, noun
Word Origin for ideate
C17: from Medieval Latin ideat- formed as an idea, from ideare, from Greek idea model, pattern, notion
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