NounIdea (plural ideæ or ideas)
- (philosophy) An abstract archetype of a given thing, compared to which real-life examples are seen as imperfect approximations; pure essence, as opposed to actual examples.
- (obsolete) The conception of someone or something as representing a perfect example; an ideal.
- (obsolete) The form or shape of something; a quintessential aspect or characteristic.
- 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, II.6:
- The remembrance whereof (which yet I beare deepely imprinted in my minde) representing me her visage and Idea so lively and so naturally, doth in some sort reconcile me unto her.
- 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, II.6:
- An image of an object that is formed in the mind or recalled by the memory.
- The mere idea of you is enough to excite me.
- More generally, any result of mental activity; a thought, a notion; a way of thinking.
- Ideas won't go to jail.—A. Whitney Griswold (1952)
- A conception in the mind of something to be done; a plan for doing something, an intention.
- I have an idea of how we might escape.
- A vague or fanciful notion; a feeling or hunch; an impression.
- He had the wild idea that if he leant forward a little, he might be able to touch the mountain-top.
- (music) A musical theme or melodic subject.
- (mental transcript, image, or picture): image
- Japanese: aidia
Adjectives for Idea
abiding; absorbing; abstract; adequate; ; mirable; aggressive; amazing; antiquated;! approximated; artistic; ascetic; associated ; attractive; bare; baseless; basic; beautiful; blasphemous; bold; brilliant; casual; charming; clashing; cherished; chimerical; classical; clear; cognate; cold; commanding; complete; confused; concrete; confined; conflicting; concluding; congealed; contemporary; contemptible; contrasting; conventional; crafty; critical; crude; cryptic; delicious; delirious; democratic; despicable; destructive; determinate; devouring; dim; disastrous; distinct; divergent; divine; dominant; dynamic; economical; educational; elementary; elevating; embryo; empty; endearing; entangled; entire; erroneous; essential; evolutionary; exaggerated; excellent; explicit; explosive; extraordinary; faintest; false; fantastic; fashionable; fastidious; fixed; flattering; fleeting; forward-moving; fundamental; funny; geographical; graceful; grandiose; grotesque; habitual; hazy; heathen; heroic; immature; impalpable; impolitic; impure; inane; inconceivable; inconvenient; industrial; ingenious; innate; insane; irruptive; jolly; literary; lofty; ludicrous; malicious; manifest; meditative; melodic; miscalled; mistaken; momentary; monarchic; musical; moral; money-making; nascent; nebulous; new; noble; notorious; novel; obvious; oftrepeated; opulent; original; pastoral; patentable; perfect; philosophical; picturesque; platitudinous; plebeian; poetical; ponderous; popular; preconceived; preposterous; prevailing; previous; primitivistic; private; profit-making; progressive; puzzling; quaint; radical; rational; realized; remote; repressed; retrogressive;revolutionary; romantic; selling; sensa¬tional; sentimental; singular; sketchy; slightest; snob; sound; speculative; spiritual; spontaneous; spurious; stable; startl¬ing; sterling; stern; stimulating; striking; structural; sufficient; suggested; synthetic; systematic; tasteful; tempting; terrible; theologic; theoretical; traditional; tranquilizing; tutelary; twisted; ugly; unhappy; underlying; undesired; unexpected; unfulfilled; uninteresting; universal; unjust; unsound; vagrant; vague; vaporous; varied (pi); vile; well-grounded; whimsical; widespread; womanish; wonderful.
Verbs for Idea
absorb—; amplify—; apprehend—; assem¬ble—s; assimilate—s; balk at—; boil down —; brood upon—; cherish—; clarify—; color—; communicate—to; conceive—; concentrate on—; conform to—; contribute—; convey—; crystallize—; cultivate—; curb —; deride—; devote to—; disclose—; discredit—; dispel—; dissociate—from; divest of—; divulge—; elaborate on—; embed— in; endorse—; entertain—; entrench—; envisage—; evolve—; explode—; exploit—; expound—; favor—; fertilize—; formulate —; foster—; grasp—; grope for—; guard —; hail—; harbor—; hatch—; hit upon— illuminate—; illustrate—; imbue with— implant—; impose—; impregnate with— incubate—; inculcate—; inspire—; inter¬change—s; invest with—; jot down—; launch—; modify—; mold—; mull over—; nourish—; obliterate—; obsess with—; over¬flow with—; patent—; pervert—; pioneer with—; play with—; ponder—; pounce upon —; promote—; promulgate—; pursue—; rally to—; recoil from—; refute—; reject —: relish—; repudiate—; retain—; reverse —; revive—; root—in; scoff at—; scorn—; set forth—; spike—; sprout—; stifle—; sum up—; superimpose—; suppress—; surrender to—; sustain—; symbolize—; toy with—; unfold—; visualize—; —clings; —crowd; —dominates; —emanates from; —emerges; —endures; —flashes upon; —germinates; — haunts; —incorporates; —is born; —lurks; —matures; —permeates; —persists; —pops up; —predominates; —prevails; —progress¬es; —seeps in; —springs from; —takes shape; —wells up; embody in—; instil—; master—.
abstract thought, act of thought, admonition, advice, advising, advocacy, affective meaning, aim, ambition, animus, apprehension, approach, approximation, arrangement, aspiration, assumption, attack, attitude, awareness, bare suggestion, bearing, belief, blueprint, blueprinting, brainwork, briefing, calculation, cast, caution, caveat, cerebration, charting, climate of opinion, clue, cogitation, coloring, common belief, community sentiment, conceit, concept, conception, conceptualization, conclusion, connotation, consensus gentium, consequence, consideration, construct, consultation, contrivance, conviction, council, counsel, creative thought, dash, denotation, desideration, desideratum, design, desire, determination, device, direction, disposition, doctrine, dream, drift, effect, end, enterprise, envisagement, essence, estimate, estimation, ethos, excogitation, excuse, exhortation, explanation, expostulation, extension, eye, fancy, fantasy, feeling, figuring, fixed purpose, force, foresight, forethought, function, game, general belief, gist, gleam, goal, grammatical meaning, graphing, ground plan, guess, guidance, guidelines, half an idea, hazy idea, headwork, heavy thinking, hint, hortation, hypothesis, ideation, imageless thought, impact, implication, import, impression, inkling, instruction, intellection, intellectual exercise, intellectualization, intendment, intension, intent, intention, intimation, judgment, layout, lexical meaning, lick, lights, lineup, literal meaning, long-range plan, look, mapping, master plan, meaning, mental act, mental image, mental labor, mental process, mentation, mere notion, method, methodology, mind, monition, motive, mystique, nisus, noesis, notion, object, objective, observation, operations research, opinion, organization, outlook, overtone, parley, perception, personal judgment, pertinence, philosophy, picture, pith, plan, planning, planning function, point, point of view, popular belief, position, posture, practical consequence, prearrangement, presumption, pretense, pretext, prevailing belief, principle, procedure, program, program of action, project, proposal, prospectus, public belief, public opinion, purport, purpose, raison d'etre, range of meaning, ratiocination, rational ground, rationale, rationalization, reaction, real meaning, reason, reason for, reason why, reasoning, recommendation, reference, referent, relation, relevance, remonstrance, resolution, resolve, sake, schedule, schema, schematism, schematization, scheme, scheme of arrangement, scintilla, scope, semantic cluster, semantic field, sense, sentiment, setup, shade, shadow, sight, significance, signification, significatum, signifie, sip, smack, smattering, smell, sneaking suspicion, soupcon, span of meaning, spark, spirit, sprinkling, stance, stated cause, straight thinking, strategic plan, strategy, striving, structural meaning, study, substance, suggestion, sum, sum and substance, sup, suspicion, symbolic meaning, system, systematization, tactical plan, tactics, taste, tenet, tenor, the big idea, the big picture, the idea, the picture, the whatfor, the wherefore, the why, theory, thinking, thinking aloud, thinking out, thought, tincture, tinge, totality of associations, touch, trace, transferred meaning, unadorned meaning, underlying reason, understanding, undertone, vague idea, value, view, viewpoint, warning, way, way of thinking, will, working plan
- The translations below need to be checked.
- Idea in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- Idea in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
Idea f. (plural idees)
- idea (all senses)
- idea (that which exists in the mind as the result of mental activity)
Declension of Idea (type kulkija)
NounIdea (plural Ideas)
idea f. (plural idee)
- IPA: /iˈðea/
Idea (infinitive idear)