Idea - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |aɪˈdiːə|  American pronunciation of the word idea
Brit.  |aɪˈdɪə|  British pronunciation of the word idea


- the content of cognition; the main thing you are thinking about (syn: thought)
it was not a good idea
- your intention; what you intend to do (syn: mind)
the idea of the game is to capture all the pieces
- a personal view
he has an idea that we don't like him
- an approximate calculation of quantity or degree or worth (syn: approximation, estimate, estimation)
a rough idea how long it would take
- (music) melodic subject of a musical composition (syn: theme)
the accompanist picked up the idea and elaborated it

Extra examples

My idea is to study law.

Starting her own business seemed like a good idea at the time, but it turned out badly.

Whose idea was it to leave so early?

My idea was that if we left early we could beat the crowd.

Buying the car was a bad idea.

I have some ideas for redecorating the room.

He has an idea for a movie.

I'm not sure what to do next. Do you have any ideas?

She's always full of new ideas.

It's a good idea to talk to people who have actually been there.

She is full of bright ideas.

We didn't have the slightest / faintest idea of it.

You have no idea how embarrassed I feel.

He didn't get the idea.

This is not my idea of a good book.

Word forms

singular: idea
plural: ideas
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