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The Definition of - idea (noun)

    noun
    1.
    any conception existing in the mind as a result of mental understanding, awareness, or activity.
    2.
    a thought, conception, or notion:
    That is an excellent idea.
    3.
    an impression:
    He gave me a general idea of how he plans to run the department.
    4.
    an opinion, view, or belief:
    His ideas on raising children are certainly strange.
    5.
    a plan of action; an intention:
    the idea of becoming an engineer.
    6.
    a groundless supposition; fantasy.
    7.
    Philosophy.
    1. a concept developed by the mind.
    2. a conception of what is desirable or ought to be; ideal.
    3. (initial capital letter) 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.
    4. Kantianism. idea of pure reason.
    8.
    Music. a theme, phrase, or figure.
    9.
    Obsolete.
    1. a likeness.
    2. a mental image.

Word Example of - idea

    Example Sentences for idea

    The idea of your bein' troubled all this time by that snorin' business or whatever 'tis.

    "If he has an idea of speculating in real estate, I'll have to head him off," said Jim.

    I 'd no idea you were so susceptible to the green-eyed monster.

    It's just because they haven't any idea what real work housework is.

    Such an idea is as fatal to society as we know it as a virus plague.

    I had no idea what the colonel intended to do until I went to his house this afternoon.

    I told him he was a fool; but the idea was firm stuck in his head, and more I could not get out of him.

    It was at the idea that he could forget such a piece of intelligence.

    "Then he must give up all idea of taking a wife," said Moulder.

    I hardly know what she will say to the idea of our having Walcot with us.

Word Origin & History of - idea

    Word Origin & History

    idea 1430, "figure, image, symbol," from L. idea "idea," and in Platonic philosophy "archetype," from Gk. idea "ideal prototype," lit. "look, form," from idein "to see," from PIE *wid-es-ya-, suffixed form of base *weid- "to see" (see vision). Sense of "result of thinking" first recorded 1645."Men of one idea, like a hen with one chicken, and that a duckling." [Thoreau, "Walden"]

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