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Definitions of idea

  1. an approximate calculation of quantity or degree or worth; " an estimate of what it would cost"; " a rough idea how long it would take"
  2. ( music) melodic subject of a musical composition; " the theme is announced in the first measures"; " the accompanist picked up the idea and elaborated it"
  3. a personal view; " he has an idea that we don't like him"
  4. your intention; what you intend to do; " he had in mind to see his old teacher"; " the idea of the game is to capture all the pieces"
  5. the content of cognition; the main thing you are thinking about; " it was not a good idea"; " the thought never entered my mind"
  6. The transcript, image, or picture of a visible object, that is formed by the mind; also, a similar image of any object whatever, whether sensible or spiritual.
  7. A general notion, or a conception formed by generalization.
  8. Hence: Any object apprehended, conceived, or thought of, by the mind; a notion, conception, or thought; the real object that is conceived or thought of.
  9. A belief, option, or doctrine; a characteristic or controlling principle; as, an essential idea; the idea of development.
  10. A plan or purpose of action; intention; design.
  11. A rational conception; the complete conception of an object when thought of in all its essential elements or constituents; the necessary metaphysical or constituent attributes and relations, when conceived in the abstract.
  12. A fiction object or picture created by the imagination; the same when proposed as a pattern to be copied, or a standard to be reached; one of the archetypes or patterns of created things, conceived by the Platonists to have excited objectively from eternity in the mind of the Deity.
  13. A mental image or picture; a conception of what ought to be; an abstract principle; opinion; belief; plan; a general notion; an impression.
  14. A mental image or concept of something not present in space.
  15. Thought; image in the mind; mind- picture.
  16. An image of a thing formed by the mind: a notion: thought: opinion.
  17. mental image; notion; opinion.
  18. A mental image; conception; notion; plan; supposition; impression.
  19. An image or a conception of a thing in the mind; a notion; a thought; an impression; an opinion.
  20. A notion; that which is seen or conceived by the mind.
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Usage examples for idea

  1. Have you any idea when he will be back? – Christopher and the Clockmakers by Sara Ware Bassett
  2. I've got an idea – The Girl Aviators' Motor Butterfly by Margaret Burnham
  3. Have I put some idea that you don't like into your head? – It Happened in Egypt by C. N. Williamson A. M. Williamson
  4. A good idea sir. – Who Goes There? by Blackwood Ketcham Benson
  5. I suppose I had an idea you were a woman. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  6. I give you my word, Allardyce, that I have no idea – The Green Flag by Arthur Conan Doyle
  7. It was my idea I wanted to help him. – The Return of Tharn by Howard Carleton Browne
  8. " A way you've no idea of. – The Red Planet by William J. Locke
  9. I can see he's got an idea – Plays of Near & Far by Lord Dunsany
  10. It is an idea – Dreamers of the Ghetto by I. Zangwill
  11. His idea was to have something different. – Sixty Years of California Song by Margaret Blake-Alverson
  12. Like his idea of a son, you mean. – Rebel Spurs by Andre Norton
  13. Of course I've not the least idea how you get on." – The Wings of the Dove, Volume 1 of 2 by Henry James
  14. Give up the idea – The Daughter of the Commandant by Alexksandr Sergeevich Pushkin
  15. I am not a man, but an idea – The Flying Legion by George Allan England
  16. I am sure he had not the least idea who you were, and no wonder! – Lily Pearl and The Mistress of Rosedale by Ida Glenwood
  17. Have you any idea where my mother is, sir? – Bonnie Prince Charlie A Tale of Fontenoy and Culloden by G. A. Henty
  18. " Yes, that's the idea exactly," March said. – Mary Wollaston by Henry Kitchell Webster
  19. Is it a dreadful idea – The End of a Coil by Susan Warner
  20. Then Phyllis had an idea – The Dragon's Secret by Augusta Huiell Seaman
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