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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.

i′de·a′tion n.
i′de·a′tion·al adj.
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(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]
ˌideˈation n
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(ˈaɪ diˌeɪt)

v. -at•ed, -at•ing. v.t.
1. to form an idea, conception, or image of.
2. to form ideas or images; think.
i•de′a•tive (-ə tɪv) adj.
i`de•a′tion, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.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?"
create by mental act, create mentally - create mentally and abstractly rather than with one's hands
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"
envision, foresee - picture to oneself; imagine possible; "I cannot envision him as President"
fantasise, fantasize - portray in the mind; "he is fantasizing the ideal wife"
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"
daydream, dream, woolgather, stargaze - have a daydream; indulge in a fantasy
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* Incorporating industrial and experience design should drive to ideating around new ways of delivering experiences that may involve undeveloped technology.
Their customizable services include presentations, ideating with their clients to build products/ideas/campaigns that resonate with their generation, and providing real-time feedback on just about anything as they teach their clients how to speak "teen."
They were led on a number of presentations that highlightedlocal tourism assets and hotspots, with additional hands-on activities planning outbound tours, organising camps, and ideating concepts for strong marketing campaigns.
The workshops vary from one full day to as much as 10 weeks (three to four hours a week), where participants are engaged in working on ideating for a single social issue.
At a time, when India is brewing with news about Fake Babajis and self-styled Godmen, who have millions of followers who believe that these fake Babajis are the answer to every problem in life, Mastermind Branding and Advertising LLP, the Mumbai agency ideating it along with The Spartan Poker, aim to gradually present Babaji as Luck personified, and break the myth by promoting skills and strategy over luck, that is, Babaji in this case.
Salis Holdings focusses on ideating and acquiring products and brands across a range of hospitality, leisure, real estate and retail businesses.
These significant reductions in both consumption and carbon footprint are achieved by ideating a number of eco-friendly programmes and implementing them through the day-to-day operations of Al Ghurair's diverse business units, said the company.
Furthermore, every year we commit to ideating, together with Euroleague Basketball, new and exciting ways to deliver a sporting experience that truly goes beyond expectations to all basketball fans and travellers".