idea

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See also: ideá, -idea, and idea-

English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin idea (a (Platonic) idea; archetype), from Ancient Greek ἰδέα (idéa, notion, pattern), from εἴδω (eídō, I see), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *weyd- (to know; see). Cognate with French idée. Doublet of idée.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

idea (plural ideas or (rare) ideæ)

  1. (philosophy) An abstract archetype of a given thing, compared to which real-life examples are seen as imperfect approximations; pure essence, as opposed to actual examples. [from 14th c.]
    • 2013 October 19, “Trouble at the lab”, in The Economist, volume 409, number 8858:
      The idea that the same experiments always get the same results, no matter who performs them, is one of the cornerstones of science’s claim to objective truth. If a systematic campaign of replication does not lead to the same results, then either the original research is flawed (as the replicators claim) or the replications are (as many of the original researchers on priming contend). Either way, something is awry.
  2. (obsolete) The conception of someone or something as representing a perfect example; an ideal. [16th-19th c.]
  3. (obsolete) The form or shape of something; a quintessential aspect or characteristic. [16th-18th c.]
  4. An image of an object that is formed in the mind or recalled by the memory. [from 16th c.]
    The mere idea of you is enough to excite me.
  5. More generally, any result of mental activity; a thought, a notion; a way of thinking. [from 17th c.]
  6. A conception in the mind of something to be done; a plan for doing something, an intention. [from 17th c.]
    I have an idea of how we might escape.
  7. A purposeful aim or goal; intent
    Yeah, that's the idea.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 3, in Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      My hopes wa'n't disappointed. I never saw clams thicker than they was along them inshore flats. I filled my dreener in no time, and then it come to me that 'twouldn't be a bad idee to get a lot more, take 'em with me to Wellmouth, and peddle 'em out. Clams was fairly scarce over that side of the bay and ought to fetch a fair price.
    • 2013 June 1, “End of the peer show”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8838, page 71:
      Finance is seldom romantic. But the idea of peer-to-peer lending comes close. This is an industry that brings together individual savers and lenders on online platforms. Those that want to borrow are matched with those that want to lend.
  8. A vague or fanciful notion; a feeling or hunch; an impression. [from 17th c.]
    He had the wild idea that if he leant forward a little, he might be able to touch the mountain-top.
  9. (music) A musical theme or melodic subject. [from 18th c.]

Synonyms[edit]

  • (mental transcript, image, or picture): image

Derived terms[edit]

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Descendants[edit]

  • Japanese: アイディア (aidia), アイデア (aidea)

Translations[edit]

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Anagrams[edit]


Asturian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin idea, from Ancient Greek ἰδέα (idéa, notion, pattern), from εἴδω (eídō, I see).

Noun[edit]

idea f (plural idees)

  1. idea

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Catalan[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin idea, from Ancient Greek.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

idea f (plural idees)

  1. idea (clarification of this definition is needed)

Related terms[edit]

Usage notes[edit]

Often pronounced as ideia.

Further reading[edit]


Chinese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English idea.

Pronunciation[edit]


Noun[edit]

idea

  1. (Cantonese) idea

Czech[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin idea, from Ancient Greek ἰδέα (idéa), from εἴδω (eídō).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

idea f

  1. idea (that which exists in the mind as the result of mental activity)

Related terms[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • idea in Příruční slovník jazyka českého, 1935–1957
  • idea in Slovník spisovného jazyka českého, 1960–1971, 1989

Finnish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin idea, from Ancient Greek ἰδέα (idéa, notion, pattern).

Noun[edit]

idea

  1. idea

Declension[edit]

Inflection of idea (Kotus type 12/kulkija, no gradation)
nominative idea ideat
genitive idean ideoiden
ideoitten
partitive ideaa ideoita
illative ideaan ideoihin
singular plural
nominative idea ideat
accusative nom. idea ideat
gen. idean
genitive idean ideoiden
ideoitten
ideainrare
partitive ideaa ideoita
inessive ideassa ideoissa
elative ideasta ideoista
illative ideaan ideoihin
adessive idealla ideoilla
ablative idealta ideoilta
allative idealle ideoille
essive ideana ideoina
translative ideaksi ideoiksi
instructive ideoin
abessive ideatta ideoitta
comitative ideoineen
Possessive forms of idea (type kulkija)
possessor singular plural
1st person ideani ideamme
2nd person ideasi ideanne
3rd person ideansa

Synonyms[edit]


Galician[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin idea, from Ancient Greek ἰδέα (idéa, notion, pattern), from εἴδω (eídō, I see).

Noun[edit]

idea f (plural ideas)

  1. idea

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Hungarian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin idea, from Ancient Greek ἰδέα (idéa, notion, pattern). [1]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [ˈidɛɒ]
  • Hyphenation: idea
  • Rhymes:

Noun[edit]

idea (plural ideák)

  1. (philosophy or formal) idea
    Synonyms: eszme, ötlet, gondolat

Declension[edit]

Inflection (stem in long/high vowel, back harmony)
singular plural
nominative idea ideák
accusative ideát ideákat
dative ideának ideáknak
instrumental ideával ideákkal
causal-final ideáért ideákért
translative ideává ideákká
terminative ideáig ideákig
essive-formal ideaként ideákként
essive-modal
inessive ideában ideákban
superessive ideán ideákon
adessive ideánál ideáknál
illative ideába ideákba
sublative ideára ideákra
allative ideához ideákhoz
elative ideából ideákból
delative ideáról ideákról
ablative ideától ideáktól
non-attributive
possessive - singular
ideáé ideáké
non-attributive
possessive - plural
ideáéi ideákéi
Possessive forms of idea
possessor single possession multiple possessions
1st person sing. ideám ideáim
2nd person sing. ideád ideáid
3rd person sing. ideája ideái
1st person plural ideánk ideáink
2nd person plural ideátok ideáitok
3rd person plural ideájuk ideáik

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tótfalusi, István. Idegenszó-tár: Idegen szavak értelmező és etimológiai szótára (’A Storehouse of Foreign Words: an explanatory and etymological dictionary of foreign words’). Budapest: Tinta Könyvkiadó, 2005. →ISBN

Further reading[edit]

  • idea in Bárczi, Géza and László Országh. A magyar nyelv értelmező szótára (’The Explanatory Dictionary of the Hungarian Language’). Budapest: Akadémiai Kiadó, 1959–1962. Fifth ed., 1992: →ISBN

Interlingua[edit]

Noun[edit]

idea (plural ideas)

  1. idea

Italian[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /iˈdɛ.a/
  • Rhymes: -ɛa
  • Hyphenation: i‧dè‧a

Etymology 1[edit]

Borrowed from Latin idea, from Ancient Greek ἰδέα (idéa, notion, pattern), from εἴδω (eídō, I see).

Noun[edit]

idea f (plural idee)

  1. idea
    buon'ideagood idea
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Etymology 2[edit]

Verb[edit]

idea

  1. inflection of ideare:
    1. third-person singular present indicative
    2. second-person singular imperative

Further reading[edit]

  • idea in Treccani.it – Vocabolario Treccani on line, Istituto dell'Enciclopedia Italiana

Anagrams[edit]


Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek ἰδέα (idéa, notion, pattern).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

idea f (genitive ideae); first declension

  1. idea
  2. prototype (Platonic)

Declension[edit]

First-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative idea ideae
Genitive ideae ideārum
Dative ideae ideīs
Accusative ideam ideās
Ablative ideā ideīs
Vocative idea ideae

Descendants[edit]

References[edit]


Malay[edit]

Malay Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia ms

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English idea, from Latin idea (a (Platonic) idea; archetype), from Ancient Greek ἰδέα (idéa, notion, pattern), from εἴδω (eídō, I see).

Noun[edit]

idea (Jawi spelling ايديا‎, plural idea-idea, informal 1st possessive ideaku, impolite 2nd possessive ideamu, 3rd possessive ideanya)

  1. idea

Alternative forms[edit]

  • ide (Indonesia, Timor-Leste)

Maltese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Italian idea, from Latin idea, from Ancient Greek ἰδέα (idéa).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

idea f (plural ideat)

  1. idea

Northern Sami[edit]

Etymology[edit]

(This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.)

Pronunciation[edit]

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Noun[edit]

idea

  1. idea

Inflection[edit]

This noun needs an inflection-table template.

Further reading[edit]

  • Koponen, Eino; Ruppel, Klaas; Aapala, Kirsti, editors (2002-2008) Álgu database: Etymological database of the Saami languages[1], Helsinki: Research Institute for the Languages of Finland

Polish[edit]

Polish Wikipedia has an article on:
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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin idea, from Ancient Greek ἰδέα (idéa), from εἴδω (eídō).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /iˈdɛ.a/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɛa
  • Syllabification: i‧de‧a

Noun[edit]

idea f (diminutive idejka)

  1. idea (image of an object that is formed in the mind or recalled by the memory)
    Synonym: pomysł
  2. (philosophy) idea (abstract archetype of a given thing, compared to which real-life examples are seen as imperfect)
  3. keynote, mission statement

Declension[edit]

Derived terms[edit]

adjectives
adverbs
nouns

Further reading[edit]

  • idea in Wielki słownik języka polskiego, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN
  • idea in Polish dictionaries at PWN

Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Italian ideare.

Verb[edit]

a idea (third-person singular present ideează, past participle ideat1st conj.

  1. to invent, to conceive

Conjugation[edit]


Slovak[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin idea (a (Platonic) idea; archetype), from Ancient Greek ἰδέα (idéa, notion, pattern), from εἴδω (eídō, I see).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

idea f (genitive singular idey, nominative plural idey, genitive plural ideí, declension pattern of idea)

  1. idea (that which exists in the mind as the result of mental activity)

Declension[edit]

Related terms[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • idea in Slovak dictionaries at slovnik.juls.savba.sk

Spanish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /iˈdea/, [iˈð̞e.a]

Etymology 1[edit]

Borrowed from Latin idea, from Ancient Greek ἰδέα (idéa, notion, pattern), from εἴδω (eídō, to see). Compare Portuguese ideia.

Noun[edit]

idea f (plural ideas)

  1. idea
Derived terms[edit]
Related terms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

See the etymology of the corresponding lemma form.

Verb[edit]

idea

  1. Informal second-person singular () affirmative imperative form of idear.
  2. Formal second-person singular (usted) present indicative form of idear.
  3. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present indicative form of idear.

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Tagalog[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Spanish idea.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • Hyphenation: i‧de‧a
  • IPA(key): /ʔideˈja/, [ʔɪdeˈja]
  • IPA(key): /ʔiˈdeja/, [ʔɪˈdejɐ]

Noun[edit]

ideá or idea

  1. idea; opinion
    Synonyms: palagay, opinyon, kuro-kuro
  2. plan; intention
    Synonyms: balak, layon, hangad

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