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idea meaning

EN[aɪˈdɪə] [aɪˈdiə] [aɪˈdɪɹ] [-ɪə]
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  • In philosophy, ideas are usually construed as mental representational images of some object. Ideas can also be abstract concepts that do not present as mental images.
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    Definition of idea in English Dictionary

  • NounPLideasPLideæ
    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.
      1. The idea that the same experiments always get the same results, no matter who performs them, is one of the cornerstones of science’s claim to objective truth. If a systematic campaign of replication does not lead to the same results, then either the original research is flawed (as the replicators claim) or the replications are (as many of the original researchers on priming contend). Either way, something is awry.
    2. OBS The conception of someone or something as representing a perfect example; an ideal.
      1. OBS The form or shape of something; a quintessential aspect or characteristic.
        1. An image of an object that is formed in the mind or recalled by the memory.
          1. The mere idea of you is enough to excite me. ‎
        2. More generally, any result of mental activity; a thought, a notion; a way of thinking.
          1. Now all this was very fine, but not at all in keeping with the Celebrity's character as I had come to conceive it. The idea that adulation ever cloyed on him was ludicrous in itself. In fact I thought the whole story fishy, and came very near to saying so.
        3. A conception in the mind of something to be done; a plan for doing something, an intention.
          1. I have an idea of how we might escape. ‎
        4. A vague or fanciful notion; a feeling or hunch; an impression.
          1. He had the wild idea that if he leant forward a little, he might be able to touch the mountain-top. ‎
        5. (music) A musical theme or melodic subject.
        6. More Examples
          1. Used in the Middle of Sentence
            • The bullshitters have gotten pretty lazy, because they’ve thrown away all dictionaries and encyclopedias containing words or ideas that are unbullshit.
            • They stole my idea for a biodegradable, disposable garbage de-odorizer. ‎
            • I like to think that I used my superior skill to come out on top; I don't like the idea that I had to angle-shoot to take home more money than I came with.
          2. Used in the Beginning of Sentence
            • Ideas produced by intellectual analysis have only intramental existence.
          3. Used in the Ending of Sentence
            • With all due respect, doctor, do you really think that playing God and researching human immortality is a good idea?
            • I hate to burst his bubble, but he is going to be disappointed if he tries that idea.
            • All good communicators try to use popular, well-understood examples to put across complex ideas.
        • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
          1. Nouns
            • Countable nouns
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          Grammatically, this word "idea" is a noun, more specifically, a countable noun.
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