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[verb ahy-dee-eyt, ahy-dee-eyt; noun ahy-dee-eyt, ahy-dee-it]
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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Examples from the Web for ideative

Historical Examples

  • Ideative habits may be formed—are formed, in fact, by the majority of persons.

    Your Mind and How to Use It

    William Walker Atkinson

  • This is a common fault of a man of genius whose genius is not however creative but ideative.

British Dictionary definitions for ideative


  1. (tr) to form or have an idea of; to imagine or conceive
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Derived Formsideation, noun

Word Origin

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 ideative



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

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