idea meaning

[ ai'diə ] Pronunciation:   "idea" in a sentence
  • Noun: idea  I'deeu
    1. The content of cognition; the main thing you are thinking about
      "it was not a good idea"
      - thought 
    2. Your intention; what you intend to do
      "the idea of the game is to capture all the pieces"
      - mind 
    3. A personal view
      "he has an idea that we don't like him" 
    4. An approximate calculation of quantity or degree or worth
      "a rough idea how long it would take"
      - estimate, estimation, approximation 
    5. (music) melodic subject of a musical composition
      "the accompanist picked up the idea and elaborated it"
      - theme, melodic theme, musical theme

    Derived forms: ideas

    See also: ideal, ideate, psychomotor

    Type of: aim, air, calculation, cognitive content, computation, content, design, figuring, intent, intention, line, melodic line, melodic phrase, melody, mental object, opinion, persuasion, purpose, reckoning, sentiment, strain, thought, tune, view

    Encyclopedia: Idea

  • [American idiom]

    race against time (1)
    1. a rush; rushing to beat a deadline.
    • We were in a race against time to beat the deadline.
    • It was a race against time, but we made it.

    race against time (2)
    2. to hurry to beat a deadline.
    • We had to race against time to finish before the deadline.
    • You don't need to race against time. Take all the time you want.

    get a bee in one's bonnet
    to get an idea or a thought that remains in one's mind; to get an obsession.
    • I have a bee in my bonnet that you'd be a good manager.
    • I got a bee in my bonnet about swimming.
    I couldn't stop wanting to go swimming.

    get a bright idea
    for a clever thought or idea to occur (to someone).
    • Now and then I get a bright idea.
    • John hardly ever gets a bright idea.
    • Listen here! I have a bright idea!

    get a rough idea (about something) AND get a rough idea (of something)
    to receive a general idea; to receive an estimate. {Got can be replaced with have.)
    • I need to get a rough idea of how many people will be there.
    • I don't need to know exactly. Just get a rough idea.
    • Judy has got a rough idea about who'll be there.
    • I have a rough idea. That's good enough.

    give someone a bright idea
    to give someone a clever thought or idea.
    • That gives me a bright idea!
    • Thank you for giving me a bright idea.

    give someone a rough idea (about something) AND give someone a rough idea (of something)
    to give someone a general idea or an estimate about something.
    • I don't need to know exactly. Just give me a rough idea about how big it should be.
    • Let me give you a rough idea about my plan.

  • [Medicine]
    1 : an entity (as a thought, concept, sensation, or image) actually or potentially present to consciousness
    2 : a formulated thought or opinion

  • [Computer]
    1. <language> Interactive Data Entry/Access.

    2. <algorithm> International Data Encryption Algorithm.


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  1. the man in the street is opposed to this idea.
  2. he was seized with a sudden idea to do sth.
  3. he rolled his eyes and hit upon an idea.
  4. i 'm afraid you have n't a very clear idea either.
  5. marx 's ideas gave birth to communism.

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