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Synonyms for idea
aɪˈdi ə, aɪˈdiə

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Wiktionary

  1. idea(noun)

    Synonyms:
    image

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. idea

    Idea is in Greek a form or an image. The word signified in early philosophical use the archetype or primal image which the Platonic philosophy supposed to be the model or pattern that existing objects imperfectly embody. This high sense has nearly disappeared from the word idea, and has been largely appropriated by ideal, tho something of the original meaning still appears when in theological or philosophical language we speak of the ideas of God. The present popular use of idea makes it to signify any product of mental apprehension or activity, considered as an object of knowledge or thought; this coincides with the primitive sense at but a single point — that an idea is mental as opposed to anything substantial or physical; thus, almost any mental product, as a belief, conception, design, opinion, etc., may now be called an idea. Compare FANCY; IDEAL.

    Synonyms:
    apprehension, archetype, belief, conceit, concept, conception, design, fancy, fantasy, ideal, image, imagination, impression, judgment, model, notion, opinion, pattern, plan, purpose, sentiment, supposition, theory, thought

    Antonyms:
    actuality, fact, reality, substance

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. idea

    Synonyms:
    image, notion, conception, belief, doctrine, supposition, understanding, fiction, fancy, thought, opinion, impression, sentiment

    Antonyms:
    object, form, subject, thing, reality

Princeton's WordNet

  1. idea, thought(noun)

    the content of cognition; the main thing you are thinking about

    "it was not a good idea"; "the thought never entered my mind"

    Synonyms:
    view, thought, persuasion, theme, thought process, estimate, musical theme, cerebration, approximation, opinion, mind, intellection, mentation, thinking, melodic theme, sentiment, estimation

  2. mind, idea(noun)

    your intention; what you intend to do

    "he had in mind to see his old teacher"; "the idea of the game is to capture all the pieces"

    Synonyms:
    thought, thinker, theme, psyche, musical theme, approximation, estimate, creative thinker, mind, head, melodic theme, nous, judgement, judgment, brain, intellect, estimation

  3. idea(noun)

    a personal view

    "he has an idea that we don't like him"

    Synonyms:
    theme, estimate, musical theme, approximation, mind, estimation, melodic theme, thought

  4. estimate, estimation, approximation, idea(noun)

    an approximate calculation of quantity or degree or worth

    "an estimate of what it would cost"; "a rough idea how long it would take"

    Synonyms:
    theme, appraisal, estimate, musical theme, approximation, bringing close together, estimation, melodic theme, mind, thought

  5. theme, melodic theme, musical theme, idea(noun)

    (music) melodic subject of a musical composition

    "the theme is announced in the first measures"; "the accompanist picked up the idea and elaborated it"

    Synonyms:
    theme, musical theme, paper, thought, radical, topic, composition, subject, report, motif, base, approximation, estimate, stem, mind, root, melodic theme, root word, estimation

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. idea(n.)

    Synonyms:
    [In the Platonic philosophy.] archetype (conceived of as existing from eternity), pattern, model, exemplar, form, essence (common to many individual things and represented by a general term)

  2. idea(n.)

    Synonyms:
    universal, concept, conception, notion, general or universal conception

  3. idea(n.)

    Synonyms:
    object of thought, image in the mind, mental representation of an object

  4. idea(n.)

    Synonyms:
    impression, apprehension, thought, fancy, conceit

  5. idea(n.)

    Synonyms:
    opinion, belief, supposition, judgment, sentiment

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. idea(n)

    Synonyms:
    conception, notion, opinion, fancy, impression, intention, design

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How to use idea in a sentence?

  1. Cathryn Oakley:

    Every region of the country - Northeast, Southeast, Plains, Great Lakes, Southwest, West and Northwest - had at least one 100-point score, people have this idea that it's only going to be folks on the coasts who are going to be acting on these things, and that is absolutely not the case.

  2. Carey Balaban:

    The way we view this is that it's an area for active research, i'm currently doing some research sponsored by the Office of Naval Research, where we're looking at using computer simulation and a variety of physical and biological models to just get an idea of what are likely possibilities.

  3. Barbara Streisand:

    When Pat Buchanan thundered, and I quote, We stand with George Bush against the amoral idea that gay and lesbian couples should have the same standing in law as married men and women, I wondered: Who is Pat Buchanan to pronounce anybody's love invalid?

  4. Lori Grenier:

    This is a great idea, i ’ll take it all over for you.

  5. Kunal Rao:

    We had no idea why they were calling comedians, it was free lunch, that's why we went.

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