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idea

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of idea

  1. 1 something imagined or pictured in the mind my idea of the perfect vacation spot is an uncrowded, unspoiled beach Synonyms of idea abstraction, cogitation, concept, conception, image, impression, intellection, mind's eye, notion, picture, thought Words Related to idea apprehension, premonition, presentiment; preconception, prejudice, prepossession; chimera, delusion, hallucination, illusion, phantasm (also fantasm); caprice, conceit, fancy, freak, kink, vagary, whim; cognition, observation, perception, reflection; assumption, belief, conclusion, conviction; conjecture, guess, hunch, hypothesis, speculation, supposition, surmise, theory; brainchild, brainstorm, brain wave, inspiration Near Antonyms of idea actuality, fact, reality

  2. 2 someone of such unequaled perfection as to deserve imitation Helen Keller remains my idea of a person with indomitable spirit Synonyms of idea beau ideal, classic, eidolon, exemplar, ideal, model, nonesuch, nonpareil, paragon, patron saintWords Related to idea role model; embodiment, epitome, incarnation, manifestation, personification, phantom, pink; archetype, example, mirror, paradigm, pattern; guideline, principle, rule; gauge (also gage), standard, touchstone; essence, quintessence; acme, apex, apotheosis, culmination, peak, pinnacle, summit, zenith

  3. 3 something that one hopes or intends to accomplish the idea is to get the information without seeming to be nosy Synonyms of idea aim, ambition, aspiration, bourne (also bourn), design, dream, end, goal, ideal, intent, intention, mark, meaning, object, objective, plan, point, pretension, purpose, target, thingWords Related to idea grail, holy grail; plot, project, scheme; desire, hope, mind, wish; nirvana; destination, terminusNear Antonyms of idea means, method, way

Synonym Discussion of idea

idea, concept, conception, thought, notion, impression mean what exists in the mind as a representation (as of something comprehended) or as a formulation (as of a plan). idea may apply to a mental image or formulation of something seen or known or imagined, to a pure abstraction, or to something assumed or vaguely sensed.
    • innovative ideas
    • my idea of paradise
concept may apply to the idea formed by consideration of instances of a species or genus or, more broadly, to any idea of what a thing ought to be.
    • a society with no concept of private property
conception is often interchangeable with concept; it may stress the process of imagining or formulating rather than the result.
    • our changing conception of what constitutes art
thought is likely to suggest the result of reflecting, reasoning, or meditating rather than of imagining.
    • commit your thoughts to paper
notion suggests an idea not much resolved by analysis or reflection and may suggest the capricious or accidental.
    • you have the oddest notions
impression applies to an idea or notion resulting immediately from some stimulation of the senses.
    • the first impression is of soaring height


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