Idea is a pretty tough word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
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Below you will find the definition of idea, followed by 36 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(noun) - an approximate calculation of quantity or degree or worth
EXAMPLES - Idea in a Sentence
- I explained my title idea and awaited her response. (source)
- The main idea is that America is inhospitable to gods. (source)
- The modern idea lays stress first of all on the _idea_ in music. (source)
- She gives fewer speeches for more money, but the idea is the same. (source)
- I say that the idea is the palimpsest, but this is only my perspective. (source)
- But still think the idea is a very good one, and I am glad to see you try that. (source)
- This idea is a great element to talk about since it interested my teacher a lot. (source)
- Maybe their idea is the future if we keep acting as irresponsibly as we have been. (source)
- Just because you're the United States doesn't mean your idea is the right one. ex-republican (source)
- The main idea is that we keep hunting a good buck near his core area without bumping him out. (source)
- We have just been using the term idea in its modern Scholastic sense as synonymous with "concept". (source)
- "This curtain idea is just one of those dreams in the back of my noodle," he explained at the time. (source)
- Click through to meet the pandas, then submit your name idea and explain why you think the choice fits. (source)
- The main idea is that the shot-glass will track the amount of liquor in it and report it to other users. (source)
- This idea is the craziest yet, with Hospital bills going up now they want to cap your coverage, insane! mjm (source)
- It's what he called the idea of a Jewish state in Israel in a widely read essay in the New York Review of Books. (source)
- If the idea clicks with the publishers, they might just decide to make a book out of the title idea you submitted. (source)
- Plato who won for the term idea the prominent position in the history of philosophy that it retained for so many centuries. (source)
- They posture about negotiation and participation, but in the end, no matter if the idea is theirs in the first place, they will vote NO. (source)
- The main idea is to find a way to make the incentives run towards providing more insurance and more care, and let the market work from there. (source)
- It can be got only by a constant obtrusion of a mere idea, the _idea of self_, and of such unsatisfactory ideas as one's right, for instance, to exclude others. (source)
- Her main idea is to reinforce tax cuts for Coporations and cut spending/services for the middle class while implementing decreasing revenues as their incomes continue to dwindle. (source)
- The main idea is that scientists can abuse their prestige by propounding unscientific banalities outside their field (a point also made by Orwell in a 1945 essay, entitled 'What is Science?'). (source)
- The term idea, however, probably in consequence of the Platonic usage, was for a long period employed chiefly, if not solely, to signify the forms or archetypes of things existing in the Divine (source)
- Then she did what most politicians and many beauty pageant contestants refuse to do: She actually answered the question, grounding it in what she described as her idea of America and her family's values. (source)
- Licensing increases the cost of being a professional, and thus the cost the professional must charge, but the idea is there are fewer incompetent professionals (not zero, just fewer) causing economic harm. (source)
- The term idea, and especially universal idea, being generally accepted by them as equivalent to universal concept, it is the product of the intellect, or understanding, as distinguished from the sensuous faculties. (source)
- And on top of that, I'll pick out one person from all the commenters to win a $10.00 Amazon GC, so that way, even if your title idea doesn't get picked, you've still got a shot at winning something for your efforts. (source)
- In the same way, when we consider a figure of three sides, we form a certain idea, which we call the idea of a triangle, and we afterwards make use of it as the universal to represent to our mind all other figures of three sides. (source)
- To me it seems that ideas, spirits, and relations are all in their respective kinds the object of human knowledge and subject of discourse; and that the term idea would be improperly extended to signify everything we know or have any notion of. (source)
- The main idea is to support the way in which scientists search/browse for resources (e.g. published papers on a particular topic), and to allow them to recall their exploration path to remember the context in which they obtained these resources. (source)
- Catholic writers who adhered in general to the medieval philosophy, the term idea came to be more and more used to designate the intellectual concept of the human mind, outside of the Scholastic tradition it was no longer confined to intellectual acts. (source)
- Or rather it might be said that an idea, the _big idea_, danced unceremoniously into his brain, and, beginning to take definite and concrete form, chased a score of other smaller ideas through all the thought-channels of his handsome, boyish, well-rounded head. (source)
- Idealism as a Philosophy, in denying the validity of any reference of the content of the Presentment to a further existence outside of the subjective experience, has induced that wider use of the term idea which applies it to the whole actuality of experience in its subjective aspect. (source)
- The opposition which has been so ingeniously maintained against the doctrine of abstract ideas seems chiefly to have arisen from a habit of wing the term idea, not, as Locke has done, for every conception that can exist in the mind, but as constantly descriptive of an image, or picture. (source)
- With the advance of Philosophy we must revert to that more ancient use of the term idea which confines its extension into the realm of the perceptual to those elements of the sensible presentation which can be reproduced by the conceptual activity of the subject, and which in asserting, for instance, the ideality of (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 36 example sentences provided below is 57.0, which suggests that "idea" is a fairly difficult word that is likely understood by a majority of individuals with an undergraduate degree, and may be found in ocassionaly in news articles or other forms of literature.
We have 51 synonyms for idea.
aim, approximation, belief, believed abstraction, brainstorm, clue, concept, conception, conclusion, conviction, design, doctrine, end, essence, estimate, fancy, feeling, flash, form, guess, hint, hypothesis, import, impression, inkling, intention, interpretation, intimation, judgment, meaning, notion, object, objective, opinion, pattern, perception, plan, purpose, reason, scheme, sense, significance, solution, suggestion, suspicion, teaching, theory, thought, understanding, view, viewpoint
We have 7 antonyms for idea.
concrete, disbelief, insignificance, measurement, reality, thing, truth
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of idea from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (noun) Something, such as a thought or conception, that potentially or actually exists in the mind as a product of mental activity.
- (noun) An opinion, conviction, or principle: has some strange political ideas.
- (noun) A plan, scheme, or method.
- (noun) The gist of a specific situation; significance: The idea is to finish the project under budget.
- (noun) A notion; a fancy.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (noun) The transcript, image, or picture of a visible object, that is formed by the mind; also, a similar image of any object whatever, whether sensible or spiritual.
- (noun) A general notion, or a conception formed by generalization.
- (noun) Hence: Any object apprehended, conceived, or thought of, by the mind; a notion, conception, or thought; the real object that is conceived or thought of.
- (noun) A belief, option, or doctrine; a characteristic or controlling principle
- (noun) A plan or purpose of action; intention; design.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (noun) In the Platonic philosophy, and in similar idealistic thought, an archetype, or pure immaterial pattern, of which the individual objects in any one natural class are but the imperfect copies, and by participation in which they have their being: in this sense the word is generally qualified by the adjective Platonic.
- (noun) Socrates, he [Parmenides] said, I admire the bent of your mind towards philosophy; tell me, now, was this your own distinction between abstract ideas and the things which partake of them? and do you think that there is an idea of likeness apart from the likeness which we possess, or of the one and many, or of the other notions of which Zeno has been speaking?
- (noun) I think that there are such abstract ideas, said Socrates.
- (noun) Parmenides proceeded. And would you also make abstract ideas of the just and the beautiful and the good, and of all that class of notions?
- (noun) Yes, he said, I should.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (noun) an approximate calculation of quantity or degree or worth
- (noun) your intention; what you intend to do
- (noun) (music) melodic subject of a musical composition
- (noun) a personal view
- (noun) the content of cognition; the main thing you are thinking about