Definition of idea in English:
1A thought or suggestion as to a possible course of action: they don’t think it’s a very good idea
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- The Trust is also on the look out for new members to put forward suggestions and ideas for future projects.
- None of this is to suggest that the driver retraining course is a bad idea or a soft option.
- Many of the audience have pledged to do far more than just one of the ideas suggested in the programme.
1.1A concept or mental impression: our menu list will give you some idea of how interesting a low-fat diet can be
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- He probably had the best idea of what was going on of anyone in this room, besides me, that is.
- Women probably have a better idea of the male world and male values than men do of women's.
- Many of us perhaps have little idea what it must be like to be in the depths of despair.
1.2An opinion or belief: nineteenth-century ideas about drinking
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- No other institution enjoys such sweeping powers to suppress the expression of opinions and ideas.
- Instead we must turn to what is intelligible: the values, beliefs and ideas revealed by art.
- In my opinion, these ideas and ideals are slipping fast, and we need to fight for them.
2 (the idea) The aim or purpose: I took a job with the idea of getting some money together
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- It involves listening to the other side, not with the idea of debate but for the purpose of learning.
- Perhaps the idea of us meeting up again was not the purpose of our encounter.
- Allan has other ideas, of course, and a bid for one or other of his rivals now looks certain.
3 Philosophy (In Platonic thought) an eternally existing pattern of which individual things in any class are imperfect copies.
- For example, the "Form" or "Idea" of a horse is intelligible, abstract, and applies to all horses.
- The idea "cat" is simply pure "catness" which exists and moves about the world of Ideas.
3.1(In Kantian thought) a concept of pure reason, not empirically based in experience.
- In contrast, Kant calls the concepts of pure reason 'transcendental ideas.'
- Kant nonetheless takes the ideas of God, the soul, and the world to have a valid philosophical use as regulative, i.e., for guiding the direction of inquiry to be all the more encompassing in scope.
get (or give someone) ideas
- informal Become (or make someone) ambitious, bigheaded, or tempted to do something against someone else’s will, especially make a sexual advance: Mac began to get ideas about turning proMore example sentences
- Media violence just adds to the problem and gives them ideas about how to express their anger.
- In fact, this line of argument should stop here, in case it gives them ideas.
- I don't want to give them ideas, but I'm looking forward to the derby.
have (got) no idea
- informal Not know at all: she had no idea where she was goingMore example sentences
- Where that idea came from she had no idea but then, she always was a bit of a dreamer.
- All this time, Marlow was becoming fascinated with the idea of Kurtz - having no idea what to expect, he still felt a certain loyalty to the man.
- Perhaps one of the most notable changes was this, my foray into the blogosphere, something I began in the belief that I likely wouldn't continue for long and having no idea of the friends I would make all over the world.
not someone's idea of
- informal Not what someone regards as: it’s not my idea of a happy endingMore example sentences
- Maybe I'm not your idea of what a Republican should be, but then again, you're not my idea of what a decent human being should be.
- I am sure you are absolutely right about that, but your technique for cross-examining witnesses in the family court is not my idea of how it should be done.
- That is not my idea of what constitutes an affordable afternoon.
put ideas into someone's head
- Suggest ambitions or thoughts that a person would not otherwise have had.Example sentences
- This morning, I read several more chapters of Black Fiddle which put ideas into my head.
- You shouldn't say such things to the children, putting ideas into their head!
- This would happen if God were actively putting ideas into my head that, prima facie and in all cases, seemed to have some other source.
that's an idea
- informal That suggestion or proposal is worth considering.Example sentences
- Hey, that's an idea - an extension that strips all the images from Xeni's posts.
- Now that's an idea - I'll email NASA straight away!
- The insight that you could design small, medium, and large cups so that they all use the same size lid - that's an idea.
that's the idea
- informal Used to confirm to someone that they have understood something or they are doing something correctly: “A sort of bodyguard?” “That’s the idea.”More example sentences
- You'll try something, he'll say, ‘Yes, that's the idea, but maybe I want your arms to go up.’
- Well, that's the idea, but so far it hasn't worked out that way for The Donnas.
- Yep, that's the idea, he is searching for the myth that guides his life.
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