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Definition 1: the content of cognition; the main thing you are thinking about - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where idea or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for idea in the sense of this definition

(idea is a kind of ...) the sum or range of what has been perceived, discovered, or learned

(... is a kind of idea ) an idea accepted as a demonstrable truth

(... is a kind of idea ) an odd or fanciful or capricious idea

"the theatrical notion of disguise is associated with disaster in his stories" "he had a whimsy about flying to the moon" "whimsy can be humorous to someone with time to enjoy it"

(... is a kind of idea ) the idea that is intended

"What is the meaning of this proverb?"

(... is a kind of idea ) the central idea that is expanded in a document or discourse

(... is a kind of idea ) a unifying idea that is a recurrent element in literary or artistic work

"it was the usual `boy gets girl' theme"

(... is a kind of idea ) the idea of something that is perfect; something that one hopes to attain

(... is a kind of idea ) something that exists only as an idea

(... is a kind of idea ) a fundamental or central idea

(... is a kind of idea ) an idea evoked by some experience

"his reaction to the news was to start planning what to do"

(... is a kind of idea ) a vague idea in which some confidence is placed

"his impression of her was favorable" "what are your feelings about the crisis?" "it strengthened my belief in his sincerity" "I had a feeling that she was lying"

(... is a kind of idea ) an idea that is suggested

"the picnic was her suggestion"

(... is a kind of idea ) arousal of the mind to special unusual activity or creativity

(... is a kind of idea ) a carefully considered thought about something

"his cogitations were dutifully recorded in his daybook"

(... is a kind of idea ) an abstract or general idea inferred or derived from specific instances

(... is a kind of idea ) an idea that preoccupies the mind and holds the attention

(... is a kind of idea ) an incorrect conception

(... is a kind of idea ) a series of steps to be carried out or goals to be accomplished

"they drew up a six-step plan" "they discussed plans for a new bond issue"

(... is a kind of idea ) a contrived or fantastic idea

"a figment of the imagination"

(... is a kind of idea ) an idea or conclusion having general application

"he spoke in broad generalities"

(... is a kind of idea ) an eccentric idea

Definition 2: your intention; what you intend to do - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where idea or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for idea in the sense of this definition

(idea is a kind of ...) an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions

"his intent was to provide a new translation" "good intentions are not enough" "it was created with the conscious aim of answering immediate needs" "he made no secret of his designs"

Definition 3: an approximate calculation of quantity or degree or worth - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where idea or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for idea in the sense of this definition

(idea is a kind of ...) problem solving that involves numbers or quantities

(... is a kind of idea ) estimation of the amount of lumber in a log

(... is a kind of idea ) an estimate, based on previous dealings, of a person's or an organization's ability to fulfill their financial commitments

(... is a kind of idea ) an estimate based on little or no information

(... is a kind of idea ) an estimate that combines reasoning with guessing

(... is a kind of idea ) a calculation that results in an estimate that is too high

(... is a kind of idea ) an estimation that is too low; an estimate that is less than the true or actual value

Definition 4: a personal view - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where idea or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

(idea is a kind of ...) a personal belief or judgment that is not founded on proof or certainty

"my opinion differs from yours" "I am not of your persuasion" "what are your thoughts on Haiti?"

(... is a kind of idea ) an individual's idea as assessment of his or her own body

"some teenagers are obsessed with their body image"

Definition 5: (music) melodic subject of a musical composition - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where idea or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for idea in the sense of this definition

(idea is a kind of ...) a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence

"she was humming an air from Beethoven"

(... is a kind of idea ) a theme that is repeated or elaborated in a piece of music

(... is a kind of idea ) (music) the presentation of a musical theme

"the initial statement of the sonata"

(... is a kind of idea ) a repetition of a musical theme in which it is modified or embellished

(idea belongs to category ...) an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner

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