ideally

adverb

ide·​al·​ly ī-ˈdē-ə-lē How to pronounce ideally (audio)
-ˈdē(-ə)l-lē
1
a
: conformably to or in respect to an ideal : perfectly
b
: for best results
ideally, the counselor should vary his techniques for each applicantT. M. Martinez
c
: in accordance with an ideal or typical standard : classically
2
: in relation to an exemplar
3
: in idea or imagination : mentally

Examples of ideally in a Sentence

His skills made him ideally suited for the job. They were ideally suited to one another. The ski slope was situated ideally.
Recent Examples on the Web Downtown’s location, which the chef says is more amenable to large parties, will remain open — and there are plans to open more Holy Basil outposts in L.A., ideally one in Santa Monica as early as next year. Stephanie Breijo, Los Angeles Times, 23 Feb. 2024 Keeping flooring and wall colors the same enhances the cohesive look, and ideally, the wall color also blends with the cabinetry. Sharon Greenthal, Better Homes & Gardens, 22 Feb. 2024 Naloxone vending machines – which provide the medications for free – can help people access doses quickly and reduce someone’s risk of dying from an opioid overdose since, ideally, the medication should be given immediately. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, 22 Feb. 2024 Schedule mock exams at strategic points in your study plan, ideally one a week before the exam and another a day before. Bryce Welker, Miami Herald, 21 Feb. 2024 And any indoor gardens must follow local building and safety standards and, ideally, should adhere to sensible cultivation practices. Peter Hecht, Sacramento Bee, 21 Feb. 2024 Related Articles *** Utah The good: If the Utes are within range of first place in the middle of October, they should be ideally positioned for a berth in the Big 12 championship. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, 30 Jan. 2024 The guidance says masks should be well-fitting and have optimal filtration; ideally, an N95, KN95 or KF94 model. Rong-Gong Lin Ii, Los Angeles Times, 29 Jan. 2024 My 9-year-old agrees that any good winter frolic should be followed by hot chocolate, ideally festooned with mini marshmallows. Olga Massov, Washington Post, 27 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Time Traveler
The first known use of ideally was in 1598

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“Ideally.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ideally. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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ideally

adverb
ide·​al·​ly ī-ˈdē-ə-lē How to pronounce ideally (audio)
-ˈdē(-ə)l-lē
1
: in agreement with an ideal : perfectly
ideally suited to the job
2
: for best results
ideally, each student should arrive early

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