Definition of idea
2 archaic : a visible representation of a conception : a replica of a pattern
3a obsolete : an image recalled by memoryb : an indefinite or unformed conceptionc : an entity (such as a thought, concept, sensation, or image) actually or potentially present to consciousness
4 : a formulated thought or opinion
5 : whatever is known or supposed about something a child's idea of time
6 : the central meaning or chief end of a particular action or situation
7 Christian Science : an image in Mind
idealessplay \ī-ˈdē-ə-ləs, -ˈdēə- also ˈī-(ˌ)dē-ə- or ˈī-dē-\ adjective
Examples of idea in a Sentence
My idea is to study law.
Starting her own business seemed like a good idea at the time, but it turned out badly.
Whose idea was it to leave so early?
My idea was that if we left early we could beat the crowd.
Buying the car was a bad idea.
I have some ideas for redecorating the room.
He has an idea for a movie.
I'm not sure what to do next. Do you have any ideas?
She's always full of new ideas.
It's a good idea to talk to people who have actually been there.
Recent Examples of idea from the Web
It was seen as a stingy policy, and the party has now scrapped the idea.
The media has often struggled to cover Trump's online supporters, whose skepticism of mainstream publications has evolved into a total rejection of the idea that places like CNN are even trying to report the truth.
De Jesus is no stranger to the idea of corporate responsibility.
Some candidates voiced different ideas when asked about federal government’s role in education.
This book follows how a long-hoped and fought for idea can grow into a history-changing reality.
The idea: automatically pull text from Wikipedia's API to create a book.
The idea is to prevent senators from loading up the budget bill, which gets fast-track consideration, with unrelated items that belong in the regular, slower Senate process.
Pondering questions over a weekend demonstrates a genuine lack of ability to think swiftly and further erodes the idea of working under pressure, especially in a...
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Synonym Discussion of idea
IDEA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of idea for English Language Learners
: a thought, plan, or suggestion about what to do
: an opinion or belief
: something that you imagine or picture in your mind
IDEA Defined for Kids
Definition of idea for Students
1 : a thought or plan about what to do Surprising her was a bad idea.
2 : something imagined or pictured in the mind I had an idea of what the town was like.
3 : an understanding of something I have no idea what you mean.
4 : a central meaning or purpose The idea of the game is to keep from getting caught.
5 : an opinion or belief What gave you that idea?
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