Translation of idea in Spanish:

idea

Pronunciation: /aɪˈdiːə; aɪˈdiə/

n

  • 1 1.1 (plan, suggestion) idea (f) 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! [iro] ¡tú y tus brillantes ideas! [irónico/ironical] 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 1.2 (purpose, principle) idea (f) 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?
  • 2 2.1 (concept, mental image) idea (f) 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 (f) 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 (f) 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 [familiar/colloquial] 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
  • 3 (view) idea (f), opinión (f) to have old-fashioned ideas ser* de or tener* ideas or opiniones anticuadas

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