Definition of ideate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈʌɪdɪeɪt/


[with object] chiefly Psychology
1Form an idea of; imagine or conceive.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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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