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Definition of idea:

  1. A belief, option, or doctrine; a characteristic or controlling principle; as, an essential idea; the idea of development.
  2. A fiction object or picture created by the imagination; the same when proposed as a pattern to be copied, or a standard to be reached; one of the archetypes or patterns of created things, conceived by the Platonists to have excited objectively from eternity in the mind of the Deity.
  3. A general notion, or a conception formed by generalization.
  4. A plan or purpose of action; intention; design.
  5. A rational conception; the complete conception of an object when thought of in all its essential elements or constituents; the necessary metaphysical or constituent attributes and relations, when conceived in the abstract.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.


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Usage examples:

  • How I get up I have no idea.

    - "Parent and Child Vol. III., Child Study and Training", Mosiah Hall.
  • " It isn't a bad idea.

    - "A Daughter of the Vine", Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton.
  • And it was my idea too.

    - "Witness For The Defence", A.E.W. Mason.