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i·de·al

 (ī-dē′əl, ī-dēl′)
n.
1. A conception of something in its absolute perfection: the ideal of national unity.
2. One that is regarded as a standard or model of perfection or excellence: The restaurant is considered the ideal in fine dining.
3. An ultimate or worthy object of endeavor; a goal: "those who regarded even a rhetorical commitment to the ideal of disarmament as irresponsibly utopian" (James Carroll).
adj.
1. Conforming to a standard of perfection or excellence; perfect or highly satisfactory: an ideal work environment.
2.
a. Existing only in the mind; imaginary: an ideal world where everything works out fine.
b. Lacking practicality or the possibility of realization: an ideal notion of how businesses are run.
3. Philosophy
a. Existing as an archetype or pattern, especially as a Platonic idea or perception: the ideal forms.
b. Of or relating to idealism.

[From Middle English, pertaining to the divine archetypes of things, from Late Latin ideālis, from Latin idea, idea; see idea.]
Synonyms: ideal, exemplar, model, standard, pattern
These nouns refer to someone or something worthy of imitation or duplication. An ideal represents a sometimes unattainable level of perfection: "Comic book heroes played a major part in shaping my boyhood ideal of manliness" (Theodore Roszak).
An exemplar, like a model, serves as a worthy example by being the best or most admirable of its class: "He is indeed the perfect exemplar of all nobleness" (Jane Porter)."Our fellow countryman is a model of a man" (Charles Dickens).
A standard is a basis of comparison or judgment: "Alexander's conquests created a legend that would provide the standard by which other leaders measured their careers" (Eugene N. Borza).
A pattern is an example worthy of imitation by reason of being an original or essential form of something: "I will be the pattern of all patience" (Shakespeare).

ideal

(aɪˈdɪəl)
n
1. a conception of something that is perfect, esp that which one seeks to attain
2. a person or thing considered to represent perfection: he's her ideal.
3. something existing only as an idea
4. a pattern or model, esp of ethical behaviour
adj
5. conforming to an ideal
6. of, involving, or existing in the form of an idea
7. (Philosophy) philosophy
a. of or relating to a highly desirable and possible state of affairs
b. of or relating to idealism
ideality n
iˈdeally adv
iˈdealness n

i•de•al

(aɪˈdi əl, aɪˈdil)

n.
1. a conception of something in its perfection.
2. a standard of perfection or excellence.
3. a person or thing conceived as embodying such a conception or standard and taken as a model for imitation.
4. an ultimate object or aim of endeavor, esp. one of high or noble character: to compromise one's ideals.
5. something that exists only in the imagination.
adj.
6. conceived as constituting a standard of perfection or excellence: ideal beauty.
7. regarded as perfect of its kind: an ideal spot for a home.
8. existing only in the imagination; not real or actual.
9. excellent; best.
10. based upon an ideal or ideals.
11. Philos.
a. pertaining to a possible state of affairs considered as highly desirable.
b. pertaining to or of the nature of idealism.
[1605–15; < Late Latin ideālis]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ideal - the idea of something that is perfect; something that one hopes to attain
idea, thought - the content of cognition; the main thing you are thinking about; "it was not a good idea"; "the thought never entered my mind"
value - an ideal accepted by some individual or group; "he has old-fashioned values"
beau ideal, paragon, perfection, idol - an ideal instance; a perfect embodiment of a concept
criterion, standard - the ideal in terms of which something can be judged; "they live by the standards of their community"
exemplar, good example, example, model - something to be imitated; "an exemplar of success"; "a model of clarity"; "he is the very model of a modern major general"
ego ideal - (psychoanalysis) the part of the ego that contains an ideal of personal excellence toward which a person strives
2.ideal - model of excellence or perfection of a kind; one having no equal
crackerjack, jimdandy, jimhickey - someone excellent of their kind; "he's a jimdandy of a soldier"
role model, model - someone worthy of imitation; "every child needs a role model"
class act - someone who shows impressive and stylish excellence
humdinger - someone of remarkable excellence; "a humdinger of a secretary"
Adj.1.ideal - conforming to an ultimate standard of perfection or excellence; embodying an ideal
perfect - being complete of its kind and without defect or blemish; "a perfect circle"; "a perfect reproduction"; "perfect happiness"; "perfect manners"; "a perfect specimen"; "a perfect day"
2.ideal - constituting or existing only in the form of an idea or mental image or conception; "a poem or essay may be typical of its period in idea or ideal content"
abstract - existing only in the mind; separated from embodiment; "abstract words like `truth' and `justice'"
3.ideal - of or relating to the philosophical doctrine of the reality of ideas

ideal

noun
1. (often plural) principle, standard, ideology, morals, conviction, integrity, scruples, probity, moral value, rectitude, sense of duty, sense of honour, uprightness The party has drifted too far from its socialist ideals.
2. epitome, standard, dream, pattern, perfection, last word, paragon, nonpareil, standard of perfection Throughout his career she remained his feminine ideal.
3. model, example, criterion, prototype, paradigm, archetype, exemplar the ideal of beauty in those days
adjective
1. perfect, best, model, classic, supreme, ultimate, archetypal, exemplary, consummate, optimal, quintessential She decided I was the ideal person to take over this job.
perfect flawed, deficient, imperfect, impaired, unsuitable
2. imaginary, impractical, Utopian, romantic, fantastic, fabulous, poetic, visionary, fairy-tale, mythical, unreal, fanciful, unattainable, ivory-towered, imagal (Psychoanalysis) Their ideal society collapsed around them in revolution.
imaginary real, ordinary, actual, mundane, factual, literal
3. hypothetical, academic, intellectual, abstract, theoretical, speculative, conceptual, metaphysical, transcendental, notional an ideal economic world
Quotations
"The ideal has many names, and beauty is but one of them" [W. Somerset Maugham Cakes and Ale]

ideal

noun
1. One that is worthy of imitation or duplication:
2. A fervent hope, wish, or goal:
adjective
1. Conforming to an ultimate form of perfection or excellence:
2. Existing only in concept and not in reality:
Translations
شَخْص مِثالي، مَثَل أعلىمِثاليمِثَالِيٌّمُثُل عُليا
ideálníideál
ideelforbilledeideal
ihanteellinenoptimaalinenideaaliideaalinenihanne
idealan
eszményiideálideálisképzelttökéletes
ideal
fullkominnfyrirmyndímynd hins fullkomna
理想的な
이상적인
idealasidealiaiidealistasidealistinisidealizavimas
ideālspilnīgs
ideálideálny
idealen
ideal
ดีเลิศ
idealilkemükemmelmükemmel/kusursuz kimse/şeyülkü
lý tưởng

ideal

[aɪˈdɪəl]
A. ADJ [opportunity, weight, conditions, solution] → ideal
we do not live in an ideal worldno vivimos en un mundo ideal
he is the ideal person for the jobes la persona ideal para el puesto
an ideal place to liveun sitio ideal para vivir
B. Nideal m

ideal

[aɪˈdɪəl]
nidéal m
adj
[person, couple] → idéal(e)
the ideal person to do sth → la personne idéale pour faire qch
[world, society] → idéal(e)
(= perfect) → idéal(e)
ideal for sth → idéal(e) pour qch
The conditions were ideal for racing
BUT les conditions de course étaient idéales.

ideal

nIdeal nt (→ of +gen); (= model)Ideal(bild) nt (→ of +gen)
adjideal; ideal solutionIdeallösung f; ideal weightIdealgewicht nt; he is ideal or the ideal person for the jober ist für den Job ideal geeignet; the plants are ideal for growing in the homedie Pflanzen eignen sich ideal als Zimmerpflanzen; in an ideal worldim Idealfall; (philosophical statement) → in einer vollkommenen or idealen Welt

ideal

[aɪˈdɪəl] adj & nideale (m)

ideal

(aiˈdiəl) adjective
perfect. This tool is ideal for the job I have in mind.
noun
1. a person, thing etc that is looked on as being perfect. She was clever and beautiful – in fact she was his ideal of what a wife should be.
2. a person's standard of behaviour etc. a man of high ideals.
iˈdealist noun
a person having (too) high ideals of behaviour etc.
iˈdealism noun
ˌideaˈlistic (aidiə-) adjective
iˈdealize, iˈdealise verb
to regard as perfect. Children tend to idealize their parents.
iˌdealiˈzation, iˌdealiˈsation noun
iˈdeally adverb
1. perfectly. He is ideally suited to this job.
2. under perfect conditions. Ideally, we should check this again, but we haven't enough time.

ideal

مِثَالِيٌّ ideální ideel ideal ιδανικός ideal ihanteellinen idéal idealan ideale 理想的な 이상적인 ideaal ideell idealny ideal идеальный ideal ดีเลิศ ideal lý tưởng 理想的

i·deal

n., a. ideal; perfecto-a.

ideal

adj ideal
References in classic literature ?
Deserted by all of his color, Hawkeye returned to the spot where his sympathies led him, with a force that no ideal bond of union could destroy.
In the better specimens of the breed, this peculiarity threw an ideal grace over the hard material of human life, without stealing away any truly valuable quality.
In my contemplation, he stood as the ideal of his class.
Men may seem detestable as joint stock-companies and nations; knaves, fools, and murderers there may be; men may have mean and meagre faces; but man, in the ideal, is so noble and so sparkling, such a grand and glowing creature, that over any ignominious blemish in him all his fellows should run to throw their costliest robes.
Her face was remarkable less for its perfect beauty of feature than for a singular and dreamy earnestness of expression, which made the ideal start when they looked at her, and by which the dullest and most literal were impressed, without exactly knowing why.
We would fain take that walk, never yet taken by us through this actual world, which is perfectly symbolical of the path which we love to travel in the interior and ideal world; and sometimes, no doubt, we find it difficult to choose our direction, because it does not yet exist distinctly in our idea.
Unlimited power is the ideal thing when it is in safe hands.
Into the world of the ideal Emma Jane, Huldah, and Dick alike never seemed to have peeped, and the consciousness of this was always a fixed gulf between them and Rebecca.
That night, on going to bed, I forgot to prepare in imagination the Barmecide supper of hot roast potatoes, or white bread and new milk, with which I was wont to amuse my inward cravings: I feasted instead on the spectacle of ideal drawings, which I saw in the dark; all the work of my own hands: freely pencilled houses and trees, picturesque rocks and ruins, Cuyp-like groups of cattle, sweet paintings of butterflies hovering over unblown roses, of birds picking at ripe cherries, of wren's nests enclosing pearl-like eggs, wreathed about with young ivy sprays.
Had I any ideal by which to test and measure the damsels of the world who were to pass before my critical choosing eye?
Her imagination was already busy upon a drama, of which she was the heroine and Smilash the hero, though, with the real man before her, she could not indulge herself by attributing to him quite as much gloomy grandeur of character as to a wholly ideal personage.
The thoroughly well-informed man--that is the modern ideal.