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UK [aɪˈdɪə] / US [aɪˈdɪə] noun
Word forms "idea":
singular idea plural ideas
Metaphor:
An idea or theory is like a building or structure. Developing an idea is like building something, and destroying an idea is like destroying a building. Their ideas were based/built on many years of practical experience. It was a carefully constructed theory. Your accusations are without foundation. It proved to be a groundbreaking new idea. It gave us a suitable frame of reference. This helped buttress/underpin his arguments. She completely demolished his argument. The theory collapsed/fell apart after he produced new data. This will help us explode widespread myths about retirement. An idea is also like a plant. Developing an idea is like helping a plant to grow. The idea grew in her mind until she could think of nothing else. I had already planted the idea in their minds. I had sown the seeds of doubt. The idea germinated slowly in his mind. This belief quickly took root. These beliefs are deep-rooted. What does this idea stem from? She has a fertile imagination. It was a fruitful line of research. The work shows evidence of cross-fertilization from many disciplines.  achieve, argument, mind
1) [countable] a thought that you have about how to do something or how to deal with something

What a brilliant idea!

have an idea:

Then I had an idea: we could stay with Mark.

idea for:

an idea for a new TV show

get an idea for something:

Where do you get the ideas for your stories?

get the idea to do something:

How did you get the idea to remove the window from the outside?

have/get the idea of doing something:

Then she got the idea of sending the poems to a publisher.

a) [often plural] an opinion or belief
idea about/on something:

I don't agree with his ideas about education.

Her ideas on the subject were not ones I shared.

have an idea:

She has some pretty strange ideas about how to bring up children.

b) how you imagine something to be
idea of:

We didn't have a clear idea of what to expect from the training course.

Standing in the rain for two hours was not my idea of fun.

be my idea of heaven/paradise/bliss (= something that is extremely enjoyable):

Lying by the pool with a good book is my idea of heaven.


Collocations:
Adjectives frequently used with idea
▪  bad, bright, brilliant, clear, excellent, good, strange, vague
2) [singular/uncountable] information or knowledge that you have about something
idea of:

I had only a basic idea of how the machine worked.

have no idea (= not know at all):

They had no idea what time they were supposed to arrive.

not have the slightest/faintest/foggiest/remotest idea (= not know at all):

He didn't have the slightest idea of how she really felt.

3) [countable/uncountable] a purpose or intention
idea behind/of:

What's the idea behind these proposals?

the idea is to do something:

The idea is to make more people rich.

have other ideas (= have a different intention):

My parents wanted me to be a doctor, but I had other ideas.

with the idea of doing something:

He had arrived at the school with the idea of starting a band.

4) [countable] a principle

The policy is based on the idea that some industries need to be protected from market forces.

idea of:

I'm a great believer in the idea of democracy.

where did you get that idea?spoken used for telling someone that what they think is definitely not true

Where did he ever get the idea that I was in love with him?


English dictionary. 2014.

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