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
That, in itself, didn't mean much but Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs didn't shoot down the idea.
Asked about the matter on Tuesday, Spicer challenged the premise of the questions but also defended the idea.
The entire arrangement has stretched the idea of Israel as a democracy to the breaking point.
However, the idea that some money paid for food import would go to go to U.S. companies and citizens whose properties were confiscated by the Castro regime probably would not be to the liking of Havana.
My idea of making America great again does not add 24 million people to the position of being uninsured.
Even though the idea has been around since the 1940s the possible benefits of CO2 turbines have never been worth the challenges.
And when butchers and chefs collaborate, ideas are born—
The elegance of the presentation and Iuzzolino’s energy can’t hide the ordinariness of many of the interchangeable detective shows and thrillers, but the best offerings — Scandinavian, as is often the case — support the idea of his superior taste.
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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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