Definition of


  1. (noun, cognition) an approximate calculation of quantity or degree or worth
    a rough idea how long it would take
  2. (noun, cognition) the content of cognition; the main thing you are thinking about
    the thought never entered my mind
  3. (noun, cognition) a personal view
  4. (noun, cognition) your intention; what you intend to do
    the idea of the game is to capture all the pieces
  5. (noun, communication) (music) melodic subject of a musical composition
    the accompanist picked up the idea and elaborated it

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Origin of the word Idea

  1. 1430, "figure, image, symbol," from L. idea "idea," and in Platonic philosophy "archetype," from Gk. idea "ideal prototype," lit. "look, form," from idein "to see," from PIE *wid-es-ya-, suffixed form of base *weid- "to see" (see vision). Sense of "result of thinking" first recorded 1645.
    "Men of one idea, like a hen with one chick… more

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Words that sound like Idea

i.d., i.e.d., id, ida, idaho, ideate, idiot, ido, ied, iodide, iota, it, iud

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