ideate

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verb ide·ate \ ˈī-dē-ˌāt \

Definition of ideate

ideated; ideating
transitive verb
:to form an idea or conception of
intransitive verb
:to form an idea

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Examples of ideate in a Sentence

  1. the psychotic would repeatedly ideate the act of committing murder, and eventually he came to believe his own delusions

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See The Origin of ideate

Like idea and ideal, ideate comes from the Greek verb idein, which means "to see." The sight-thought connection came courtesy of Plato, the Greek philosopher who based his theory of the ideal on the concept of seeing, claiming that a true philosopher can see the essential nature of things and can recognize their ideal form or state. Early uses of idea, ideal, and ideate in English were associated with Platonic philosophy; idea meant "an archetype" or "a standard of perfection," ideal meant "existing as an archetype," and ideate referred to forming Platonic ideas. But though ideate is tied to ancient philosophy, the word itself is a modern concoction, relatively speaking. It first appeared in English only about 400 years ago.

First Known Use of ideate

1610



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