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v. i·de·at·ed, i·de·at·ing, i·de·ates
To form an idea of; imagine or conceive: "Such characters represent a grotesquely blown-up aspect of an ideal man ... if not realizable, capable of being ideated" (Anthony Burgess).
To conceive mental images; think.
(tr) to form or have an idea of; to imagine or conceive
[C17: from Medieval Latin ideat- formed as an idea, from ideare, from Greek idea model, pattern, notion]
v. -at•ed, -at•ing. v.t.
1. to form an idea, conception, or image of.v.i.
2. to form ideas or images; think.
i•de′a•tive (-ə tɪv) adj.
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|Verb||1.||ideate - form a mental image of something that is not present or that is not the case; "Can you conceive of him as the president?"|
envision, fancy, picture, visualize, image, visualise, figure, see, project - imagine; conceive of; see in one's mind; "I can't see him on horseback!"; "I can see what will happen"; "I can see a risk in this strategy"
visualise, visualize - form a mental picture of something that is invisible or abstract; "Mathematicians often visualize"
prefigure - imagine or consider beforehand; "It wasn't as bad as I had prefigured"
think - imagine or visualize; "Just think--you could be rich one day!"; "Think what a scene it must have been!"
fantasise, fantasize, fantasy - indulge in fantasies; "he is fantasizing when he says he plans to start his own company"