idea

idea

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English

Etymology

From Latin idea (a (Platonic) idea; archetype), from Ancient Greek ἰδέα (idéa, notion, pattern), from εἴδω (eídō, I see). Cognate with French idée.

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /aɪˈdɪə/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /aɪˈdi.ə/
  • (General American, nonstandard) IPA(key): /aɪˈdɪɹ/
  • Rhymes: -ɪə, -iːə
  • Hyphenation: 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)

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

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

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.

Czech

Etymology

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

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

Noun

idea

  1. idea

Declension

Synonyms

  • ajatus

Galician

Etymology

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

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

Pronunciation

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

Noun

idea (plural ideák)

  1. idea

Declension

References


Interlingua

Noun

idea (plural ideas)

  1. idea

Italian

Etymology

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

Noun

idea f (plural idee)

  1. idea

Verb

idea

  1. third-person singular present tense of ideare
  2. second-person singular imperative of ideare

Related terms

  • ideale
  • ideare
  • ideazione
  • ideo-

Anagrams

  • aedi

Latin

Etymology

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

Pronunciation

  • (Classical) IPA(key): /ˈi.de.a/, [ˈɪ.de.a]

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)

Inflection

First declension.

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, 1883–1887)

Northern Sami

Etymology

Pronunciation

Noun

idea

  1. idea

Inflection

This noun needs an inflection-table template.

Further reading

  • Álgu database

Slovak

Etymology

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 korpus.sk

Spanish

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /iˈdea/, [iˈðea]

Etymology 1

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

Noun

idea f (plural ideas)

  1. idea
Related terms
  • ideal
  • idear

Etymology 2

See the etymology of the main entry.

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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