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[verb ahy-dee-eyt, ahy-dee-eyt; noun ahy-dee-eyt, ahy-dee-it]
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verb (used with object), i·de·at·ed, i·de·at·ing.
  1. to form an idea, thought, or image of.
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verb (used without object), i·de·at·ed, i·de·at·ing.
  1. to form ideas; think.
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  1. ideatum.
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Origin of ideate

First recorded in 1600–10; ide(a) + -ate1
Related formsi·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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Related Words for ideating

ponder, resolve, consider, study, appreciate, reflect, judge, speculate, examine, ruminate, estimate, brood, deliberate, comprehend, cogitate, analyze, infer, cerebrate, mull, evaluate

British Dictionary definitions for ideating


  1. (tr) to form or have an idea of; to imagine or conceive
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Derived Formsideation, 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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Word Origin and History for ideating



c.1600, from idea + -ate (2). Related: Ideated; ideating.

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