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idea

  
1    abstraction, concept, conception, conclusion, fancy, impression, judgment, perception, thought, understanding  
2    belief, conviction, doctrine, interpretation, notion, opinion, teaching, view, viewpoint  
3    approximation, ballpark figure, clue, estimate, guess, hint, impression, inkling, intimation, notion, suspicion  
4    aim, end, import, intention, meaning, object, objective, plan, purpose, raison d'être, reason, sense, significance  
5    design, hypothesis, plan, recommendation, scheme, solution, suggestion, theory  
6    archetype, essence, form, pattern  
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idea

  
  ( ideas    plural  )
1       n-count   An idea is a plan, suggestion, or possible course of action.  
oft adj N, N to-inf, N of n/-ing  
It's a good idea to plan ahead..., I really like the idea of helping people..., She told me she'd had a brilliant idea.     
2       n-count   An idea is an opinion or belief about what something is like or should be like.  
usu N about/on/of n, N that   (=notion)  
Some of his ideas about democracy are entirely his own., ...the idea that reading too many books ruins your eyes...     
3       n-sing   If someone gives you an idea of something, they give you information about it without being very exact or giving a lot of detail.  
N of n/wh  
This table will give you some idea of how levels of ability can be measured..., If you cannot remember the exact date give a rough idea of when it was.     
4       n-sing   If you have an idea of something, you know about it to some extent.  
with supp  
No one has any real idea how much the company will make next year.     
5       n-sing   If you have an ideathat something is the case, you think that it may be the case, although you are not certain.  
N that     (vagueness)    I had an idea that he joined the army later, but I may be wrong.     
6       n-sing   The idea of an action or activity is its aim or purpose.  
the N   (=objective)  
The idea is to encourage people to get to know their neighbours.     
7       n-count   If you have the idea of doing something, you intend to do it.  
N of -ing/n   (=intention)  
He sent for a number of books he admired with the idea of re-reading them...     
8       n-sing   You can use idea in expressions such as I've no idea or I haven't the faintest idea to emphasize that you do not know something.  
with brd-neg     (emphasis)    (=notion)  
`Is she coming by coach?'<emdash>`Well I've no idea.'     
9    If someone gets the idea, they understand how to do something or they understand what you are telling them.  
INFORMAL  
get the idea      phrase   V inflects  
It isn't too difficult once you get the idea...     

Translation English - Cobuild Collins Dictionary  

idea hamster n.
a very creative person; someone who is always able to come up with fresh ideas
[Bus.]

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n.
process of creating ideas ; creation of ideas
v.
perceive (an idea or situation) mentally
"I just realised how important is that trip for you."
adv.
extremely [with the idea of "abnormally"]
freakishly successful/large/lifelike
exp.
I have no idea; I don't have a clue
[Informal] E.g.: Why was she upset? - Beats me!
exp.
it occurred to me, I suddenly thought of it, I had an idea all of a sudden
E.g: I wondered all day long how to solve this problem and it suddenly hit me...I had to talk to Marry.
exp.
share ideas based on a similar experience
[Fig.] E.g.: They were both going through a divorce, so they met to compare notes.
n.
a set of ideas, rules, or beliefs from which something is developed, or on which decisions are based
The educational framework of ISB is much different from the framework (curriculum) where I used to go to school. I do like it though.
adj.
Based on scientific testing or practical experience, not on ideas
I found out that the distance from the pond doesn't affect the number of plants from the empirical data I collected.
n.
the preferred terminology used among the management hierarchy of a business establishment in reference to native ideas and common interests related to their particular field.
syn.: slang, jargon
n.
innovation paradigm that assumes firms should use external ideas and/or external paths to market in their innovation process
[Tech.];[Bus.] word coined by Henry Chesbrough, who opposes this paradigm to the closed innovation one, where all the innovation process happens within the borders of the firm.
n.
means a different approach or a welcome change to something. Ex.: anna has lots of wonderful ideas and motivation - she is a breath of fresh air.
[Fig.]

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