Definition of ideate in English:


Line breaks: ide¦ate
Pronunciation: /ˈʌɪdɪeɪt


[with object] chiefly Psychology
  • 1Form an idea of; imagine or conceive.
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    • Authentic architectural experiences derive from real or ideated bodily confrontations rather than visually observed entities.
    • The mind or input consciousness ideated the action concept in the first place - with some effort.
    • Our firm ideates, creates and executes growth strategies for multiple retail channel development.
  • 1.1 [no object] Form ideas; think.
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    • He showed me a special room set aside especially for ‘ideating.’
    • Good for him, if it means the Babu can stop ‘ideating’ now.
    • When others weep over Bangalore's infrastructure woes, Infosys chairman and chief mentor Narayana Murthy ideates.


late 17th century: from medieval Latin ideat- 'formed as an idea', from the verb ideare, from Latin idea (see idea).

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