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i·de·a

 (ī-dē′ə)
n.
1. Something, such as a thought or conception, that is the product of mental activity.
2. An opinion, conviction, or principle: has some strange political ideas.
3. A plan, purpose, or goal: She started school with the idea of becoming a doctor.
4. The gist or significance: The idea of the article is that investing in green technology can save you money in the long run.
5. A sense that something can happen; a notion or expectation: They have this idea that we can just drop what we're doing and go to the park.
6. Music A theme or motif.
7. Philosophy
a. In the philosophy of Plato, an archetype of which a corresponding being in phenomenal reality is an imperfect replica.
b. In the philosophy of Kant, a concept of reason that is transcendent but nonempirical.
c. In the philosophy of Hegel, absolute truth; the complete and ultimate product of reason.
8. Obsolete A mental image of something remembered.

[Middle English, from Latin, from Greek; see weid- in Indo-European roots.]

i·de′a·less adj.
Synonyms: idea, thought, notion, concept, conception
These nouns refer to what is formed or represented in the mind as the product of mental activity. Idea has the widest range: "Human history is in essence a history of ideas" (H.G. Wells).
Thought is distinctively intellectual and stresses contemplation and reasoning: She gathered her thoughts before she spoke. Notion suggests an often intuitive idea or image conceived by the mind: "All that came to mind was a notion of galactic space, of spirals, the Horse Nebula, all of which were distant and mysterious and cold" (Craig Nova).
Concept and conception are applied to mental formulations on a broad scale: You seem to have absolutely no concept of time. "Every succeeding scientific discovery makes greater nonsense of old-time conceptions of sovereignty" (Anthony Eden).

idea

(aɪˈdɪə)
n
1. any content of the mind, esp the conscious mind
2. the thought of something: the very idea appals me.
3. a mental representation of something: she's got a good idea of the layout of the factory.
4. the characterization of something in general terms; concept: the idea of a square circle is self-contradictory.
5. an individual's conception of something: his idea of honesty is not the same as yours and mine.
6. the belief that something is the case: he has the idea that what he's doing is right.
7. a scheme, intention, plan, etc: here's my idea for the sales campaign.
8. a vague notion or indication; inkling: he had no idea of what life would be like in Africa.
9. significance or purpose: the idea of the game is to discover the murderer.
10. (Philosophy) philosophy
a. a private mental object, regarded as the immediate object of thought or perception
b. a Platonic Idea or Form
11. (Classical Music) music a thematic phrase or figure; motif
12. obsolete a mental image
13. get ideas to become ambitious, restless, etc
14. not one's idea of not what one regards as (hard work, a holiday, etc)
15. that's an idea that is worth considering
16. the very idea! that is preposterous, unreasonable, etc
[C16: via Late Latin from Greek: model, pattern, notion, from idein to see]
iˈdealess adj
Usage: It is usually considered correct to say that someone has the idea of doing something, rather than the idea to do it: he had the idea of taking (not the idea to take) a short holiday

Idea

(aɪˈdɪə)
n
(Philosophy) another name for Form

i•de•a

(aɪˈdi ə, aɪˈdiə)

n.
1. any conception existing in the mind as a result of mental understanding, awareness, or activity.
2. a thought, conception, or notion.
3. an impression: Give me a general idea of what happened.
4. an opinion, view, or belief.
5. a plan of action; intention: with the idea of becoming an engineer.
6. a purpose or guiding principle: What was the idea of that?
7. a groundless supposition; fantasy.
8. Philos.
a. a concept developed by the mind.
b. a conception of what is desirable or ought to be; ideal.
c. (cap.) 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.
9. a musical theme or figure.
10. Obs.
a. a likeness.
b. a mental image.
[1400–50; late Middle English idee < Middle French < Late Latin < Greek idéā form, kind, sort]
i•de′a•less, adj.
syn: idea, thought, conception, notion refer to a product of mental activity. idea refers to a mental representation that is the product of creative imagination: She had an excellent idea for the party. thought emphasizes the intellectual processes of reasoning, contemplating, reflecting, or recollecting: I welcomed his thoughts on the subject. conception suggests imaginative, creative, and somewhat intricate mental activity: The architect's conception of the building was a glass skyscraper. notion suggests a fleeting, vague, or imperfect thought: I had only a bare notion of how to proceed.
pron: See police.

idea

An object in the mind. For Plato, the metaphysical pattern of which real objects are pale reflections.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.idea - the content of cognitionidea - the content of cognition; the main thing you are thinking about; "it was not a good idea"; "the thought never entered my mind"
cognitive content, mental object, content - the sum or range of what has been perceived, discovered, or learned
inspiration - arousal of the mind to special unusual activity or creativity
cogitation - a carefully considered thought about something; "his cogitations were dutifully recorded in his daybook"
concept, conception, construct - an abstract or general idea inferred or derived from specific instances
preoccupation - an idea that preoccupies the mind and holds the attention
misconception - an incorrect conception
plan, program, programme - a series of steps to be carried out or goals to be accomplished; "they drew up a six-step plan"; "they discussed plans for a new bond issue"
figment - a contrived or fantastic idea; "a figment of the imagination"
generalisation, generality, generalization - an idea or conclusion having general application; "he spoke in broad generalities"
suggestion - an idea that is suggested; "the picnic was her suggestion"
impression, notion, belief, feeling, opinion - a vague idea in which some confidence is placed; "his impression of her was favorable"; "what are your feelings about the crisis?"; "it strengthened my belief in his sincerity"; "I had a feeling that she was lying"
reaction - an idea evoked by some experience; "his reaction to the news was to start planning what to do"
theorem - an idea accepted as a demonstrable truth
whimsey, whimsy, whim, notion - an odd or fanciful or capricious idea; "the theatrical notion of disguise is associated with disaster in his stories"; "he had a whimsy about flying to the moon"; "whimsy can be humorous to someone with time to enjoy it"
meaning, substance - the idea that is intended; "What is the meaning of this proverb?"
burden - the central idea that is expanded in a document or discourse
theme, motif - a unifying idea that is a recurrent element in literary or artistic work; "it was the usual `boy gets girl' theme"
ideal - the idea of something that is perfect; something that one hopes to attain
idealisation, idealization - something that exists only as an idea
keynote - a fundamental or central idea
kink - an eccentric idea
2.idea - your intention; what you intend to do; "he had in mind to see his old teacher"; "the idea of the game is to capture all the pieces"
aim, intent, intention, purpose, design - an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions; "his intent was to provide a new translation"; "good intentions are not enough"; "it was created with the conscious aim of answering immediate needs"; "he made no secret of his designs"
3.idea - a personal view; "he has an idea that we don't like him"
opinion, persuasion, sentiment, thought, view - a personal belief or judgment that is not founded on proof or certainty; "my opinion differs from yours"; "I am not of your persuasion"; "what are your thoughts on Haiti?"
4.idea - an approximate calculation of quantity or degree or worthidea - an approximate calculation of quantity or degree or worth; "an estimate of what it would cost"; "a rough idea how long it would take"
scalage - estimation of the amount of lumber in a log
figuring, reckoning, calculation, computation - problem solving that involves numbers or quantities
credit rating, credit - an estimate, based on previous dealings, of a person's or an organization's ability to fulfill their financial commitments
dead reckoning, guessing, guesswork, guess, shot - an estimate based on little or no information
guesstimate, guestimate - an estimate that combines reasoning with guessing
overrating, overreckoning, overestimate, overestimation - a calculation that results in an estimate that is too high
underestimate, underestimation, underrating, underreckoning - an estimation that is too low; an estimate that is less than the true or actual value
5.idea - (music) melodic subject of a musical compositionidea - (music) melodic subject of a musical composition; "the theme is announced in the first measures"; "the accompanist picked up the idea and elaborated it"
music - an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner
melodic line, melodic phrase, melody, tune, strain, air, line - a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence; "she was humming an air from Beethoven"
motif, motive - a theme that is repeated or elaborated in a piece of music
statement - (music) the presentation of a musical theme; "the initial statement of the sonata"
variation - a repetition of a musical theme in which it is modified or embellished

idea

noun
1. plan, scheme, proposal, design, theory, strategy, method, solution, suggestion, recommendation, proposition It's a good idea to keep a stock of tins in the cupboard.
3. impression, estimate, guess, hint, notion, clue, conjecture, surmise, inkling, approximation, intimation, ballpark figure This graph will give you some idea of levels of ability.
4. understanding, thought, view, sense, opinion, concept, impression, judgment, perception, conception, abstraction, estimation By the end of the week you will have a clearer idea of the system.
5. suspicion, guess, impression, notion, hunch, conjecture, gut feeling (informal), supposition I had an idea that he joined the army later.
6. intention, aim, purpose, object, end, plan, reason, goal, design, objective, motive The idea is to help lower-income families to buy their homes.
Related words
fear ideophobia
Quotations
"Nothing is more dangerous than an idea, when you have only one idea" [Alain Propos sur la religion]
"A stand can be made against invasion by an army; no stand can be made against invasion by an idea" [Victor Hugo Histoire d'une Crime]
"It is better to entertain an idea than to take it home to live with you for the rest of your life" [Randall Jarrell Pictures from an Institution]
"Right now it's only a notion, but I think I can get the money to make it into a concept, and later turn it into an idea" [Woody Allen Annie Hall]

idea

noun
1. That which exists in the mind as the product of careful mental activity:
2. Something believed or accepted as true by a person:
3. Intuitive cognition:
4. A method for making, doing, or accomplishing something:
5. The gist of a specific action or situation:
Translations
خِطَّهصورَهفكرةفِكْرَةٌفِكْرَه
nápadplánpředstava
idéplan
aimdusarvamusmõte
ajatusidea
ideja
ötlet
hugmyndhugmynd, áætlun
考えちゃくそう主意
생각
mintis
domaidejanodomsplānspriekšstats
bănuialăideepărere
idejamnenjezamisel
idétanke
ความคิด
ý kiến

idea

[aɪˈdɪə] N
1. (= thought, plan) → idea f
it wasn't my ideano fue idea mía
that's the ideaasí es
the idea is to sell itla idea or el plan es venderlo
let's forget the whole ideaolvidémonos de todo el asunto
I can't bear the idea (of it)sólo de pensarlo me pongo mala
it wouldn't be a bad idea to paint itno le vendría mal pintarlo
it might not be a bad idea to wait a few dayspuede que no sea mala idea esperar unos cuantos días
whose bright idea was it to come this way? (iro) → ¿quién ha tenido la bonita or feliz idea de venir por aquí?
you'll have to buck up your ideastendrás que menearte
the idea never entered my headni se me pasó esa idea por la cabeza
to get an idea for a novelencontrar una idea para una novela
don't go getting ideas (= build up one's hopes) → no te hagas ilusiones; (= be presumptuous) → no se te ocurra
he got the idea into his head that they didn't like himse le metió en la cabeza (la idea de) que no les caía bien
once she gets an idea into her head there's no stopping hercomo se le meta una idea en la cabeza no hay quien se la quite
to get used to the idea of sthhacerse a la idea de algo
to give sb ideasmeter ideas en la cabeza a algn
whatever gave you that idea?¿como se te ha ocurrido semejante cosa?
good idea!¡buena idea!
what a good idea!¡qué idea más buena!
to have an ideatener una idea
I suddenly had the idea of going to see herde repente se me ocurrió ir a verlade repente tuve la idea de ir a verla
he hit on the idea of painting it redse le ocurrió pintarlo de rojo
to put ideas into sb's headmeter ideas en la cabeza a algn
the very idea!, what an idea!¡qué ocurrencias!
2. (= understanding) → idea f
have you any idea how ridiculous you look?¿tienes idea de lo ridículo que estás?
I haven't the foggiest ideano tengo ni la menor or más remota or más mínima idea
what(ever) gave you that idea?¿de dónde sacaste eso?
to get an idea of sthhacerse una idea de algo
you're getting the idea (= understanding) → estás empezando a comprender; (= getting the knack) → estás cogiendo el tino or truco
I've got the general ideahe comprendido la idea general
where did you get that idea?¿de dónde sacaste eso?
don't get the wrong ideano malinterpretes la situación
many people have got the wrong idea about himmucha gente tiene un concepto equivocado de él
I haven't the least ideano tengo ni la menor or más remota or más mínima idea
I've no idea!¡ni idea!
it was awful, you've no ideano te puedes hacer una idea de lo horrible que fue
I had no idea thatno tenía ni idea or la menor idea de que ...
I haven't the slightest ideano tengo ni la menor or más remota or más mínima idea
he has some idea of Frenchtiene algo de idea de francés
3. (= conception, notion) → idea f
there may be some truth in the idea thatpuede que haya algo de cierto en la idea de que ...
she has some odd ideas about how to bring up childrentiene unas ideas muy raras or una opinión muy rara de cómo criar a los niños
it wasn't my idea of a holidayno era la idea que yo tengo de unas vacaciones
if that's your idea of funsi eso es lo queentiendes por diversión
4. (= vague idea) → impresión f
to have an idea thattener la impresión de que ...
I have an idea that she was going to Paristengo la impresión de que se iba a París
5. (= purpose) → intención f, idea f
the whole idea of this trip was to relaxla única intención or idea del viaje era relajarse
we went with the idea of meeting new peoplefuimos con la intención or idea de conocer a gente nueva
what's the big idea?¿a qué viene eso?
6. (= estimate) → idea f
can you give me a rough idea of how many you want?¿puede darme una idea aproximada de cuántos quiere?

idea

[aɪˈdɪə] n
(= notion) → idée f
good idea! → bonne idée!
what a good idea! → quelle bonne idée!
it's a good idea to ... → c'est une bonne idée de ...
an idea about sth → une idée sur qch
People had some odd ideas about us → Les gens avaient de drôles d'idées sur nous.
that's not my idea of fun → ce n'est pas ce que j'appelle m'amuser
my idea of perfection → mon idée de la perfection
the idea of doing sth → l'idée de faire qch
I really like the idea of helping people → L'idée d'aider les gens me tient vraiment à cœur.
the idea that ... → l'idée que ..., l'idée selon laquelle ...
to have an idea that ... → avoir idée que ...
(= understanding) to have a good idea of sth → avoir une bonne idée de qch
He has a very good idea of how it functions → Il a une très bonne idée de la manière dont ça fonctionne.
to have a clear idea of sth → avoir une idée plus claire de qch
By the end of the week you will have a clear idea of what changes you should make to your diet → À la fin de la semaine, vous aurez une idée plus claire des changements que vous devrez apporter à votre régime.
once you get the idea (= understand) → une fois qu'on a pris le coup
It isn't too difficult once you get the idea → Ce n'est pas trop difficile une fois qu'on a pris le coup.
(= rough indication) → idée f
to give sb an idea of sth → donner à qn une idée de qch
(= knowledge)
Have you any idea how much it would cost? → Tu as une idée de combien ça coûterait?
I haven't the slightest idea, I haven't the faintest idea → je n'en ai pas la moindre idée
We haven't the faintest idea where he is → Nous n'avons pas la moindre idée d'où il se trouve.
(= aim) the idea is to ... → l'idée serait de ...
The idea is to try and avoid further expense → L'idée serait d'essayer d'éviter d'autres dépenses.
you've no idea! → tu n'as pas idée!

idea

n
Idee f (also Philos); (esp sudden) → Einfall m; good idea!gute Idee!; that’s not a bad ideadas ist keine schlechte Idee; what an idea!so eine or was für eine Idee!; who thought of that idea?wer hat sich (dat)denn das einfallen lassen?; whose bright idea was that? (iro)wer hat denn diese glänzende Idee gehabt?; he’s our new ideas man (inf)er ist hier der Mann mit den neuen Ideen; history of ideasGeistesgeschichte f; man of ideasDenker m; the very idea!(nein,) so was!; the very idea of eating horse meat revolts meder bloße Gedanke an Pferdefleisch ekelt mich; the idea never entered my head!auf den Gedanken bin ich überhaupt nicht gekommen; he is full of (bright) ideasihm fehlt es nie an (guten) Ideen; to hit upon the idea of doing somethingden plötzlichen Einfall haben, etw zu tun; that gives me an idea, we could …da fällt mir ein, wir könnten …; he got the idea for his novel while he was having a bathdie Idee zu seinem Roman kam ihm in der Badewanne; to lack ideasfantasielos or phantasielos or einfallslos sein; somehow he’s got the idea into his head that …er bildet sich (dat)irgendwie ein, dass …; where did you get the idea that I was ill?wie kommst du auf den Gedanken, dass ich krank war?; don’t get ideas or don’t you go getting ideas about promotionmachen Sie sich (dat)nur keine falschen Hoffnungen auf eine Beförderung; don’t get or go getting any ideas about that fur coatbilde dir nur nicht ein, du würdest den Pelzmantel bekommen; to put ideas into somebody’s headjdm einen Floh ins Ohr setzen, jdn auf dumme Gedanken bringen
(= purpose) the idea was to meet at 6wir wollten uns um 6 treffen; what’s the idea of keeping him waiting?was soll denn das, ihn warten zu lassen?; what’s the big idea? (inf)was soll das denn?; the idea is to reduce expenditurees geht darum, die Ausgaben zu senken; he sat down with the idea of writing a letterer setzte sich mit der Absicht, einen Brief zu schreiben; that’s the ideaso ist es richtig, genau (das ists)!; you’re getting the ideaSie verstehen langsam, worum es geht
(= opinion)Meinung f, → Ansicht f; (= conception)Vorstellung f; if that’s your idea of funwenn Sie das lustig finden, wenn das Ihre Vorstellung von Spaß ist; this isn’t my idea of a holidayso stelle ich mir den Urlaub nicht vor; he has some very strange ideaser hat manchmal merkwürdige Vorstellungen; according to his ideaseiner Meinung or Ansicht nach; he has no idea of right and wronger kann zwischen Gut und Böse nicht unterscheiden; his idea of a pleasant evening is …seine Vorstellung von einem angenehmen Abend ist …
(= knowledge)Ahnung f; you’ve no idea how worried I’ve beendu kannst dir nicht vorstellen, welche Sorgen ich mir gemacht habe; (I’ve) no idea(ich habe) keine Ahnung; I’ve got some idea (of) what this is all aboutich weiß so ungefähr, worum es hier geht; I haven’t the least or slightest or faintest ideaich habe nicht die leiseste or geringste Ahnung; I have an idea that …ich habe so das Gefühl, dass …; I had no idea that …ich hatte ja keine Ahnung, dass …; just to give me an idea of how long it will takedamit ich so ungefähr weiß, wie lange es dauert; could you give me an idea of how long …?könnten Sie mir ungefähr sagen, wie lange …?; to give you an idea of how difficult it isum Ihnen eine Vorstellung davon zu vermitteln, wie schwierig es ist

idea

[aɪˈdɪə] nidea
good idea! → buon'idea!
that was a brilliant idea → è stata un'idea splendida
she had no idea of the answer → non aveva idea della risposta
to have an idea that ... → aver l'impressione che...
I haven't the least or slightest or foggiest idea → non ne ho la minima or la più pallida idea
it wouldn't be a bad idea to paint it → non sarebbe una cattiva idea verniciarlo
to put ideas into sb's head → mettere delle idee in testa a qn
it wasn't my idea → non è stata un'idea mia, non sono io che ho avuto l'idea
if that's your idea of a joke ... → se credi di essere spiritoso...
I've got the general idea → mi sono fatto un'idea
that's the idea → ecco, proprio così
what's the big idea? (fam) → cosa credi di fare?
the idea is to sell it → si tratta di venderlo

idea

(aiˈdiə) noun
1. opinion; belief. I have an idea that it won't work.
2. a plan. I've an idea for solving this problem.
3. mental picture. This will give you an idea of what I mean.

idea

فِكْرَةٌ nápad idé Idee ιδέα idea ajatus idée ideja idea 考え 생각 idee idé idea ideia идея idé ความคิด fikir ý kiến 想法

i·de·a

n. idea, concepto;
fixed ______ fija.

idea

n idea; ideas of reference (psych) ideas de referencia
References in classic literature ?
Everyone thought soberly for a minute, then Meg announced, as if the idea was suggested by the sight of her own pretty hands, "I shall give her a nice pair of gloves.
The idea had got into his mind that he would some time die unexpectedly and always when he got into bed he thought of that.
I've been too busy on that new airship stabilizer dad gave me an idea for.
If a young man with an idea can once get Jim Burden's attention, can manage to accompany him when he goes off into the wilds hunting for lost parks or exploring new canyons, then the money which means action is usually forthcoming.
For instance, those people had inherited the idea that all men without title and a long pedigree, whether they had great natural gifts and acquirements or hadn't, were creatures of no more consideration than so many animals, bugs, insects; whereas I had inherited the idea that human daws who can consent to masquerade in the peacock-shams of inherited dignities and un- earned titles, are of no good but to be laughed at.
As I lay in bed this morning between sleeping and waking, an idea came riding on a sunbeam into my room,--a mad, whimsical idea, but one that suits my mood; and put briefly, it is this: how is it that I, a not unpresentable young man, a man not without accomplishments or experience, should have gone all these years without finding that
Today we do more than celebrate America, we rededicate ourselves to the very idea of America, an idea born in revolution, and renewed through two centuries of challenge, an idea tempered by the knowledge that but for fate, we, the fortunate and the unfortunate, might have been each other; an idea ennobled by the faith that our nation can summon from its myriad diversity, the deepest measure of unity; an idea infused with the conviction that America's journey long, heroic journey must go forever upward.
But this could not be the case with-the idea of a nature more perfect than myself; for to receive it from nothing was a thing manifestly impossible; and, because it is not less repugnant that the more perfect should be an effect of, and dependence on the less perfect, than that something should proceed from nothing, it was equally impossible that I could hold it from myself: accordingly, it but remained that it had been placed in me by a nature which was in reality more perfect than mine, and which even possessed within itself all the perfections of which I could form any idea; that is to say, in a single word, which was God.
But," said Porthos, "I think I have an idea, in my turn.
Often, before his captivity, Dantes, mind had revolted at the idea of assemblages of prisoners, made up of thieves, vagabonds, and murderers.
After a moment's silence, in which D'Artagnan appeared to be collecting, not one idea, but all his ideas -- "It cannot be, my dear Planchet," said he, "that you have not heard of his majesty Charles I.
Now that the fact had met me I took a bad view of it, especially of the idea that poor Miss Tita had had to manage by herself after the end.