Ideal - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |aɪˈdiːəl|  American pronunciation of the word ideal
Brit.  |ʌɪˈdɪəl|  British pronunciation of the word ideal


- the idea of something that is perfect; something that one hopes to attain
- model of excellence or perfection of a kind; one having no equal (syn: apotheosis, nonesuch, nonpareil, nonsuch, paragon, saint)
- conforming to an ultimate standard of perfection or excellence; embodying an ideal
- constituting or existing only in the form of an idea or mental image or conception
a poem or essay may be typical of its period in idea or ideal content


It was an ideal spot for a vacation.

She is an ideal candidate for the job.

The conference provided us with an ideal opportunity to meet new people.

He hasn't lived up to his high ideals.

She considers the actress her ideal.

He is the very ideal of a friend.

The scheme offers an ideal opportunity for youngsters to get training.

With so much rain, conditions are far from ideal.

An elastic waist makes these jeans ideal for the larger woman.

In an ideal world there would be no need for a police force.

Are our ideals of beauty changing?

the ideal of a free and democratic society

the long-vanished ideals of the 1950s

a poem or essay may be typical of its period in idea or ideal content

Having my brother and his wife living nearby was an ideal arrangement for our family.

Word forms

singular: ideal
plural: ideals
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