Idea meaning

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Something one thinks, knows, or imagines; a thought; mental conception or image; notion.
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A plan, purpose, or goal.

She started school with the idea of becoming a doctor.

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The definition of an idea is a thought, belief, opinion or plan.

An example of idea is a chef coming up with a new menu item.

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A sense that something can happen; a notion or expectation.

They have this idea that we can just drop what we're doing and go to the park.

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A plan; scheme; project; intention; aim.
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Something, such as a thought or conception, that is the product of mental activity.
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Meaning or significance.
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An image of an object that is formed in the mind or recalled by the memory. [from 16th c.]

The mere idea of you is enough to excite me.

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An opinion or belief.
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A hazy perception; vague impression; fanciful notion; inkling.
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An opinion, conviction, or principle.

Has some strange political ideas.

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The gist or significance.

The idea of the article is that investing in green technology can save you money in the long run.

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(obsolete) A mental image of something remembered.
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(music) A theme or figure.
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More generally, any result of mental activity; a thought, a notion; a way of thinking. [from 17th c.]
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A conception in the mind of something to be done; a plan for doing something, an intention. [from 17th c.]

I have an idea of how we might escape.

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A vague or fanciful notion; a feeling or hunch; an impression. [from 17th c.]

He had the wild idea that if he leant forward a little, he might be able to touch the mountain-top.

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(music) A musical theme or melodic subject. [from 18th c.]
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(music) A theme or motif.
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(philos.) According to Plato, any of the unchanging, eternal, intelligible models or archetypes of which all material things are only imperfect imitations and from which their existence derives: in modern philosophy, used variously to mean the immediate object of thought, absolute truth, etc.
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(International Data Encryption Algorithm) A secret-key cryptography method that uses a 128-bit key. Introduced in 1992, its European patent is held by Ascom-Tech AG, Solothurn, Switzerland. Written by Xuejia Lai and James Massey, it uses the block cipher method that breaks the text into 64-bit blocks before encrypting them. See PGP.
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(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. [from 14th c.]
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Origin of idea

  • Middle English from Latin from Greek weid- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin idea (“a (Platonic) idea; archetype”), from Ancient Greek ἰδέα (idéa, “notion, pattern”), from εἴδω (eidō, “I see”), cognate with French ideé.

    From Wiktionary