[ahy-dee-uh, ahy-deeuh ] /aɪˈdi ə, aɪˈdiə/
any conception existing in the mind as a result of mental understanding, awareness, or activity.
a thought, conception, or notion:
That is an excellent idea.
He gave me a general idea of how he plans to run the department.
an opinion, view, or belief:
His ideas on raising children are certainly strange.
a plan of action; an intention:
the idea of becoming an engineer.
a groundless supposition; fantasy.
Music. a theme, phrase, or figure.
any content of the mind, esp the conscious mind
the thought of something: the very idea appals me
a mental representation of something: she’s got a good idea of the layout of the factory
the characterization of something in general terms; concept: the idea of a square circle is self-contradictory
an individual’s conception of something: his idea of honesty is not the same as yours and mine
the belief that something is the case: he has the idea that what he’s doing is right
a scheme, intention, plan, etc: here’s my idea for the sales campaign
a vague notion or indication; inkling: he had no idea of what life would be like in Africa
significance or purpose: the idea of the game is to discover the murderer
(music) a thematic phrase or figure; motif
(obsolete) a mental image
get ideas, to become ambitious, restless, etc
not one’s idea of, not what one regards as (hard work, a holiday, etc)
that’s an idea, that is worth considering
the very idea!, that is preposterous, unreasonable, etc
another name for Form
late 14c., “archetype of a thing in the mind of God; Platonic `idea,'” from Latin idea “idea,” and in Platonic philosophy “archetype,” from Greek idea “ideal prototype,” literally “the look of a thing (as opposed to the reality); form; kind, sort, nature,” from idein “to see,” from PIE *wid-es-ya-, suffixed form of root *weid- “to see” (see vision). Sense of “result of thinking” first recorded 1640s.
Men of one idea, like a hen with one chicken, and that a duckling. [Thoreau, “Walden”]
Idée fixe (1836) is from French, literally “fixed idea.”
idea i·de·a (ī-dē’ə)
Something, such as a thought or conception, that potentially or actually exists in the mind as a product of mental activity.
what’s the big idea
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[id-ee-ot-ik] /ˌɪd iˈɒt ɪk/ adjective 1. of, relating to, or characteristic of an . 2. senselessly foolish or stupid: an idiotic remark. /ˌɪdɪˈɒtɪk/ adjective 1. of or resembling an idiot; foolish; senseless adj. 1713, from Late Latin idioticus “uneducated, ignorant,” in classical Latin, “of an ordinary person,” from Greek idiotikos “unprofessional, unskilled; not done by […]
- Idea of reference
idea of reference n. The belief that other people’s statements or acts have special reference to oneself when in fact they do not.
[id-ee-uh-tiz-uh m] /ˈɪd i əˌtɪz əm/ noun 1. idiotic conduct or action. 2. . [id-ee-uh-tiz-uh m] /ˈɪd i əˌtɪz əm/ noun, Obsolete. 1. an idiom. /ˈɪdɪəˌtɪzəm/ noun 1. an archaic word for idiocy 2. an obsolete word for idiom
[id-ee-uh-tahyz] /ˈɪd i əˌtaɪz/ verb (used with object), idiotized, idiotizing. 1. to make a fool of; make idiotic.
- Idiot light
noun phrase A usually red light on a car’s dashboard that glows to announce some sort of fact, such as the discharge of a battery, overheating, etc: replaced by too-late-to-react idiot lights (1968+)