the idea


: the central meaning or purpose of something : goal or intention
The whole idea of the game is to keep from getting caught.
The idea is to get people to attend.

Examples of the idea in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The president is seen as being too insular, too dependent on an inner circle committed to the idea that the presidential election will be more about Trump than Biden. W. James Antle Iii, Washington Examiner - Political News and Conservative Analysis About Congress, the President, and the Federal Government, 6 July 2024 Fast forward to the 19th century, and the idea of putting ice in drinks caught on in America, first as a status symbol with the rich and then with everyone else. Terry Baddoo, USA TODAY, 6 July 2024 For many, there was solace in the idea of placing thick concrete barriers between themselves and a nuclear blast. Daniel Drainville, Hartford Courant, 6 July 2024 So the idea of kicking off the second act with her finally realizing that there’s a threat out for her — and then having to sit there and be encased in that with her own thoughts — that all just seemed like a groovy idea. Brian Davids, The Hollywood Reporter, 5 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for the idea 

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“The idea.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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