idea

idea

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English

Etymology

Borrowed from Latin idea (a (Platonic) idea; archetype), from Ancient Greek ἰδέα (idéa, notion, pattern), from εἴδω (eídō, I see), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *weyd- (to know; see). Cognate with French idée. Doublet of idée.

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /aɪˈdɪə/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /aɪˈdi.ə/
  • (US, intrusive r) IPA(key): /aɪˈdɪɹ/
  • (General New Zealand) IPA(key): /ɑeˈdiə̯/
  • Rhymes: -ɪə, -iːə
  • Hyphenation: i‧dea, i‧de‧a

Noun

idea (plural ideas or (rare) ideæ)

  1. (philosophy) An abstract archetype of a given thing, compared to which real-life examples are seen as imperfect approximations; pure essence, as opposed to actual examples. [from 14th c.]
  2. (obsolete) The conception of someone or something as representing a perfect example; an ideal. [16th-19th c.]
  3. (obsolete) The form or shape of something; a quintessential aspect or characteristic. [16th-18th c.]
  4. An image of an object that is formed in the mind or recalled by the memory. [from 16th c.]
  5. More generally, any result of mental activity; a thought, a notion; a way of thinking. [from 17th c.]
    • 1952, Alfred Whitney Griswold
      Ideas won't go to jail.
  6. A conception in the mind of something to be done; a plan for doing something, an intention. [from 17th c.]
  7. A purposeful aim or goal; intent
  8. A vague or fanciful notion; a feeling or hunch; an impression. [from 17th c.]
  9. (music) A musical theme or melodic subject. [from 18th c.]

Synonyms

  • (mental transcript, image, or picture): image

Derived terms

Related terms

Descendants

  • Japanese: アイディア (aidia), アイデア (aidea)

Translations

Further reading

  • idea in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • idea in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.

Anagrams

  • Adie, aide, daie

Asturian

Etymology

Borrowed from Latin idea, from Ancient Greek ἰδέα (idéa, notion, pattern), from εἴδω (eídō, I see).

Noun

idea f (plural idees)

  1. idea

Related terms

  • ideal

Catalan

Etymology

Borrowed from Latin idea, from Ancient Greek ἰδέα (idéa, notion, pattern), from εἴδω (eídō, I see).

Pronunciation

  • (Balearic, Central) IPA(key): /iˈdɛ.ə/
  • (Valencian) IPA(key): /iˈdɛ.a/

Noun

idea f (plural idees)

  1. idea (clarification of this definition is needed)

Related terms

  • ideal
  • idear

Further reading

  • “idea” in Diccionari de la llengua catalana, segona edició, Institut d’Estudis Catalans.
  • “idea” in Gran Diccionari de la Llengua Catalana, Grup Enciclopèdia Catalana.
  • “idea” in Diccionari normatiu valencià, Acadèmia Valenciana de la Llengua.
  • “idea” in Diccionari català-valencià-balear, Antoni Maria Alcover and Francesc de Borja Moll, 1962.

Chinese

Etymology

Borrowed from English idea.

Pronunciation

Noun

idea

  1. (Cantonese) idea

Czech

Etymology

Borrowed from Latin idea, from Ancient Greek ἰδέα (idéa), from εἴδω (eídō).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ɪdɛa/

Noun

idea f

  1. idea (that which exists in the mind as the result of mental activity)

Related terms

  • ideace
  • idealizace
  • idealizovaný
  • idealizovat
  • ideolog
  • ideologický
  • ideologie
  • ideový
  • ideál
  • idealista
  • idealismus
  • ideozločin

Further reading

  • idea in Příruční slovník jazyka českého, 1935–1957
  • idea in Slovník spisovného jazyka českého, 1960–1971, 1989

Finnish

Etymology

Borrowed from Latin idea, from Ancient Greek ἰδέα (idéa, notion, pattern).

Noun

idea

  1. idea

Declension

Synonyms

  • ajatus

Galician

Etymology

Borrowed from Latin idea, from Ancient Greek ἰδέα (idéa, notion, pattern), from εἴδω (eídō, I see).

Noun

idea f (plural ideas)

  1. idea

Related terms

  • ideal

Hungarian

Etymology

Borrowed from Latin idea, from Ancient Greek ἰδέα (idéa, notion, pattern).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [ˈidɛɒ]
  • Hyphenation: idea
  • Rhymes:

Noun

idea (plural ideák)

  1. (philosophy or formal) idea
    Synonyms: eszme, ötlet, gondolat

Declension

References

Further reading

  • idea in Bárczi, Géza and László Országh. A magyar nyelv értelmező szótára (’The Explanatory Dictionary of the Hungarian Language’). Budapest: Akadémiai Kiadó, 1959–1962. Fifth ed., 1992: →ISBN

Interlingua

Noun

idea (plural ideas)

  1. idea

Italian

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /iˈdɛ.a/
  • Rhymes: -ɛa
  • Hyphenation: i‧dè‧a

Etymology 1

Borrowed from Latin idea, from Ancient Greek ἰδέα (idéa, notion, pattern), from εἴδω (eídō, I see).

Noun

idea f (plural idee)

  1. idea
Related terms
  • ideale
  • ideare
  • ideazione
  • ideo-

Etymology 2

Verb

idea

  1. inflection of ideare:
    1. third-person singular present indicative
    2. second-person singular imperative

Further reading

  • idea in Treccani.it – Vocabolario Treccani on line, Istituto dell'Enciclopedia Italiana

Anagrams

  • aedi

Latin

Etymology

From Ancient Greek ἰδέα (idéa, notion, pattern).

Pronunciation

  • (Classical) IPA(key): /ˈi.de.a/, [ˈɪd̪eä]
  • (Ecclesiastical) IPA(key): /ˈi.de.a/, [ˈiːd̪ɛä]

Noun

idea f (genitive ideae); first declension

  1. idea
    • 1719, Johann Jakob Brucker:
      Tentamen Introductionis in Historiam Doctrinae Logicae de Ideis
      An Essay Introducing the History of the Logical Doctrine of Ideas
  2. prototype (Platonic)

Declension

First-declension noun.

Descendants

References

  • idea in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • idea in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition with additions by D. P. Carpenterius, Adelungius and others, edited by Léopold Favre, 1883–1887)

Malay

Etymology

Borrowed from English idea, from Latin idea (a (Platonic) idea; archetype), from Ancient Greek ἰδέα (idéa, notion, pattern), from εἴδω (eídō, I see).

Noun

idea (plural idea-idea, informal 1st possessive ideaku, impolite 2nd possessive ideamu, 3rd possessive ideanya)

  1. idea.

Alternative forms

  • ide (Indonesia, Timor-Leste)

Maltese

Etymology

Borrowed from Italian idea, from Latin idea, from Ancient Greek ἰδέα (idéa).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ɪˈdɛː.a/, /ɪˈdɛː.ja/
  • Homophone: idejha (one pronunciation)

Noun

idea f (plural ideat)

  1. idea

Northern Sami

Etymology

(This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.)

Pronunciation

Noun

idea

  1. idea

Inflection

This noun needs an inflection-table template.

Further reading

  • Koponen, Eino; Ruppel, Klaas; Aapala, Kirsti, editors (2002-2008) Álgu database: Etymological database of the Saami languages[1], Helsinki: Research Institute for the Languages of Finland

Polish

Etymology

Borrowed from Latin idea, from Ancient Greek ἰδέα (idéa), from εἴδω (eídō).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /iˈdɛ.a/

Noun

idea f (diminutive idejka)

  1. idea (image of an object that is formed in the mind or recalled by the memory)
    Synonym: pomysł
  2. (philosophy) idea (abstract archetype of a given thing, compared to which real-life examples are seen as imperfect)
  3. keynote, mission statement

Declension

Derived terms

  • (adjective) ideowy

Related terms

  • (nouns) ideowiec, ideowość
  • (adverb) ideowo

Further reading

  • idea in Wielki słownik języka polskiego, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN
  • idea in Polish dictionaries at PWN

Romanian

Etymology

Borrowed from Italian ideare.

Verb

a idea (third-person singular present ideează, past participle ideat1st conj.

  1. to invent, to conceive

Conjugation


Slovak

Etymology

Borrowed from Latin idea (a (Platonic) idea; archetype), from Ancient Greek ἰδέα (idéa, notion, pattern), from εἴδω (eídō, I see).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈidɛa/

Noun

idea f (genitive singular idey, nominative plural idey, genitive plural ideí, declension pattern of idea)

  1. idea (that which exists in the mind as the result of mental activity)

Declension

Related terms

  • ideológ m
  • ideologický m
  • ideológia f
  • ideový m
  • ideál m
  • idealista m
  • idealistický m
  • idealizácia f
  • idealizmus m

Further reading

  • idea in Slovak dictionaries at slovnik.juls.savba.sk

Spanish

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /iˈdea/, [iˈð̞e.a]

Etymology 1

Borrowed from Latin idea, from Ancient Greek ἰδέα (idéa, notion, pattern), from εἴδω (eídō, to see). Compare Portuguese ideia.

Noun

idea f (plural ideas)

  1. idea
Derived terms
Related terms
  • ideal
  • idear

Etymology 2

See the etymology of the corresponding lemma form.

Verb

idea

  1. Informal second-person singular () affirmative imperative form of idear.
  2. Formal second-person singular (usted) present indicative form of idear.
  3. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present indicative form of idear.

Further reading

  • “idea” in Diccionario de la lengua española, Vigésima tercera edición, Real Academia Española, 2014.

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