[ verb ahy-dee-eyt, ahy-dee-eyt; noun ahy-dee-eyt, ahy-dee-it ]
/ verb ˈaɪ diˌeɪt, aɪˈdi eɪt; noun ˈaɪ diˌeɪt, aɪˈdi ɪt /

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.


Origin of ideate

First recorded in 1600–10; ide(a) + -ate1

Related forms

i·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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for ideating


/ (ˈaɪdɪˌeɪt) /


(tr) to form or have an idea of; to imagine or conceive

Derived Forms

ideation, 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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