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idea

i·de·a

idea

 
 
pronunciation:
aI di
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: anything existing in the mind as a product of mental activity or awareness, such as a conception or image.
A lot of ideas came to me as I was reading the article.She laughed out loud at the funny idea she had in her mind.
synonyms:
concept, image, notion, thought
similar words:
apperception, appraisal, attitude, estimate, impression, insight, point of view, reaction
definition 2: a theory, opinion, or conviction.
Tell us your ideas about how we should approach this matter.His idea of what is entertaining is completely different from mine.
synonyms:
belief, conviction, judgment, opinion, point of view, standpoint, theory, view
similar words:
concept, estimation, notion, outlook, perspective, sentiment, understanding
definition 3: a plan; intention.
He wanted to see that his idea was being carried out properly.She always had ideas of becoming a writer.
synonyms:
conception, intention, plan, thought
similar words:
aim, goal, notion
definition 4: a general impression of a conception, action, or situation.
I'll give you an idea of what it looked like.
synonyms:
approximation, estimate, image, impression, picture
similar words:
description, glance, glimpse, look, once-over, outline, overview, recollection, summary, survey
definition 5: a vague or intuitive belief.
I had an idea that you would ask me to do that.She had no idea that he was planning a surprise for her.
synonyms:
feeling, hint, impression, inkling, intimation, suggestion
similar words:
belief, clue, concept, guess, implication, indication, notion, speculation, supposition, suspicion
definition 6: an impulsive plan; notion; fancy.
Who had the idea of jumping into the lake at this time of night?
synonyms:
caprice, fancy, notion, whim
similar words:
brainstorm, conceit, crotchet, inspiration, whimsy
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