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Pronunciation: /aɪˈdiːə; aɪˈdiə/

Translation of idea in Spanish:


  • 1 1.1 (plan, suggestion) idea (feminine) I have an idea tengo una idea then I had an idea entonces se me ocurrió una idea John came up with a much better idea a John se le ocurrió una idea mucho mejor she hit on the idea of doing it like this se le ocurrió hacerlo así what a good idea! ¡qué buena idea! it's a good idea to oil the hinges regularly conviene engrasar las bisagras con regularidad that's not a bad idea no es mala idea it seemed like a good idea at the time en aquel momento pareció una buena idea it might not be a bad idea to leave now no sería mala idea que nos fuéramos ya you and your bright ideas! [ironic] ¡tú y tus brillantes ideas! [irónico] it wasn't my idea no fue idea mía gift ideas for Christmas ideas para regalos de Navidad I don't think much of the idea of your going alone la idea de que vayas solo no me hace mucha gracia I like the idea of going to a Chinese restaurant me gusta la idea de ir a un restaurante chino
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    1.2 (purpose, principle) idea (feminine) the whole idea of the operation was to attract publicity habían hecho la operación con la idea de atraer publicidad that's the general idea de eso se trata I think I get the (general) idea creo que ya entiendo you get the idea, don't you? entiendes ¿no? what's the big idea? [colloquial/familiar] ¿pero qué es esto?
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    Example sentences
    • 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.
  • 2 2.1 (concept, mental image) idea (feminine) I find the idea of eating snails revolting solo la idea de comer caracoles me da asco my idea of Ireland la idea que yo tengo or me hago de Irlanda that's not my idea of fun/of a party eso no es lo que yo entiendo por diversión/por una fiesta the very idea! ¡a quién se le ocurre! 2.2 (understanding) idea (feminine) for a clearer idea consult this book para hacerse or tener una idea más clara, consulte este libro can you give me some idea of what happened at the meeting? ¿me puedes dar una idea de lo que pasó en la reunión? I've got a rough idea of what you mean ya me hago una idea aproximada de lo que quieres decir have you any idea of the damage you've caused? ¿tú tienes idea or noción del daño que has hecho? you have no idea what I went through no te puedes imaginar lo que pasé where is he? — (I've) no idea! ¿dónde está? — (no tengo) ni idea I haven't the slightest o foggiest idea what you're talking about no tengo (ni) la menor or (ni) la más remota or (ni) la más mínima idea de qué estás hablando she has no idea how to handle people no tiene idea de cómo tratar a la gente 2.3 (impression, belief) idea (feminine) I had an idea you might not stay there very long me daba la impresión or tenía la idea de que no te quedarías allí mucho tiempo whatever gave you that idea? ¿de dónde sacaste esa idea? I don't know where she got the idea I was Belgian [colloquial/familiar] no sé de dónde sacó (la idea de) que yo era belga [colloquial/familiar] to get the wrong idea [colloquial/familiar] don't get the wrong idea no me malinterpretes, a ver si me entiendes you've got the wrong idea has entendido mal once he gets an idea into his head cuando se le mete una idea en la cabeza to get ideas [colloquial/familiar] (get one's hopes up) hacerse* ilusiones (become arrogant) OK, you won, but don't start getting ideas de acuerdo, ganaste, pero que no se te suba a la cabeza he has big ideas about becoming a star [colloquial/familiar] está convencido de que se va a convertir en una estrella to put ideas in o into sb's head, to give sb ideas meterle ideas en la cabeza a algn
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    Example sentences
    • 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.

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