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1a thought or suggestion as to a possible course of action:they don’t think it’s a very good idea a concept or mental impression:our menu list will give you some idea of how interesting a low-fat diet can be an opinion or belief:nineteenth-century ideas about drinking 2
) the aim or purpose:I took a job with the idea of getting some money together
3 Philosophy (in Platonic thought) an eternally existing pattern of which individual things in any class are imperfect copies. (in Kantian thought) a concept of pure reason, not empirically based in experience.