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IELTS BNC: 268 COCA: 311


idea /aɪˈdiːjə/ noun
plural ideas
plural ideas
Learner's definition of IDEA
[count] : a thought, plan, or suggestion about what to do想法;主意;计划
[count] : an opinion or belief意见;观点;信念
: something that you imagine or picture in your mind想象;概念
[singular] : an understanding of something : knowledge about something理解;了解
the idea : the central meaning or purpose of something意义;意图;目的

give someone ideas

or put ideas in/into someone's head
: to cause someone to think about doing something that probably should not be done使抱有(不切实际或有害的)想法;使某人心存奢望
IELTS BNC: 268 COCA: 311



ī-ˈdē-ə How to pronounce idea (audio)
ˈī-(ˌ)dē-ə How to pronounce idea (audio)
 or  ˈī-dē
: a formulated thought or opinion
: whatever is known or supposed about something
a child's idea of time
: the central meaning or chief end of a particular action or situation
: a plan for action : design
: a standard of perfection : ideal
: a transcendent entity that is a real pattern of which existing things are imperfect representations
: an entity (such as a thought, concept, sensation, or image) actually or potentially present to consciousness
: an indefinite or unformed conception
obsolete : an image recalled by memory
Christian Science : an image in Mind
archaic : a visible representation of a conception : a replica of a pattern
ī-ˈdē-ə-ləs How to pronounce idea (audio)
 also  ˈī-(ˌ)dē-ə-
 or  ˈī-dē-
Choose the Right Synonym for idea

idea, concept, conception, thought, notion, impression mean what exists in the mind as a representation (as of something comprehended) or as a formulation (as of a plan).

idea may apply to a mental image or formulation of something seen or known or imagined, to a pure abstraction, or to something assumed or vaguely sensed.

innovative ideas
my idea of paradise

concept may apply to the idea formed by consideration of instances of a species or genus or, more broadly, to any idea of what a thing ought to be.

a society with no concept of private property

conception is often interchangeable with concept; it may stress the process of imagining or formulating rather than the result.

our changing conception of what constitutes art

thought is likely to suggest the result of reflecting, reasoning, or meditating rather than of imagining.

commit your thoughts to paper

notion suggests an idea not much resolved by analysis or reflection and may suggest the capricious or accidental.

you have the oddest notions

impression applies to an idea or notion resulting immediately from some stimulation of the senses.

the first impression is of soaring height

Example Sentences

My idea is to study law. Starting her own business seemed like a good idea at the time, but it turned out badly. Whose idea was it to leave so early? My idea was that if we left early we could beat the crowd. Buying the car was a bad idea. I have some ideas for redecorating the room. He has an idea for a movie. I'm not sure what to do next. Do you have any ideas? She's always full of new ideas. It's a good idea to talk to people who have actually been there. See More
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Word History


Middle English, from Latin, from Greek, from idein to see — more at wit

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4c

Time Traveler
The first known use of idea was in the 14th century
IELTS BNC: 268 COCA: 311


1plan/suggestion計劃;建議ADJECTIVE | VERB + IDEA | IDEA + VERB | PREPOSITION | PHRASES ADJECTIVEbright, brilliant, clever, excellent, good, great, marvellous/marvelous, nice, wonderful聰明的主意;高明的主意;極好的想法;絕妙的想法valuable, worthwhile有價值的/值得嘗試的想法exciting, interesting, stimulating激動人心的/饒有趣味的/振奮人心的想法constructive, positive富有建設性的主張;積極的想法creative, imaginative, innovative, novel, original富有創意的/想像豐富的/有創新的/新奇的/原創的構想wacky怪誕的想法big大膽的想法The latest big idea is to get women more interested in soccer.最新的大膽想法是讓女性對足球產生更大的興趣。alternative替代方案Family therapy is used as an alternative idea to medication.家庭療法被用作藥物治療的替代方案。fresh, new剛產生的想法;新想法old老觀念absurd, bad, mistaken, ridiculous, stupid荒誕的想法;餿主意;錯誤的想法;荒唐的主意;愚蠢的想法crackpot, crazy, mad, outlandish, wild近乎瘋狂的想法;瘋狂的念頭;怪異的想法;出格的想法half-baked不成熟的想法ambitious, big, grand雄心勃勃的構想;宏偉的構想He joined the company as an office assistant with big ideas.他進這家公司做辦公室助理時胸懷大志。grandiose不切實際的想法basic基本構想The basic idea is that we all meet up in London.基本設想是我們都到倫敦會合。whole整體構想I think the whole idea is ridiculous.我覺得這整個想法荒誕可笑。VERB + IDEAhave有主意Do you have any ideas for a present for Lara?你想好要給拉臘什麼禮物了嗎?come up with, dream up, hit on, hit upon, produce, think up想出辦法;突發靈感;產生想法draw, get產生靈感;得到想法Her ideas are drawn mainly from Chinese art.她的靈感主要是來源於中國藝術。contribute, offer獻計獻策;提出想法moot (formal, especially BrE) , propose, put forward, suggest提出意見供討論;提出主張;建議方案promote, push, push forward, sell倡導方案;推動規劃;兜售觀點They managed to push the idea of expanding through the committee.他們設法讓委員會通過了擴展規劃。welcome贊成主意Most employees welcome the idea of a ban on smoking.大多數員工贊成禁煙。consider, entertain, flirt with, toy with斟酌建議;考慮想法;動念頭;玩味想法I'm toying with the idea of leaving my job.我正在考慮要不要辭掉工作。mull over, turn over再三琢磨想法;反複考慮方案He kept turning the idea of resigning over in his mind.他心裏反複掂量着辭職的事。encourage, generate激發/引發想法Brainstorming is a good way of generating ideas.頭腦風暴是催生新點子的好辦法。reject, scoff at, veto拒絕建議;嘲笑想法;否決主意test, try, try out檢驗方案;嘗試想法bounce around, bounce off sb, brainstorm, discuss, explore, talk about試探意見;徵詢(某人)對想法的看法;群策群力想點子;討論規劃;探討方案;談論想法I met up with a designer to bounce a few ideas around.我見了一位設計師,聊了幾個想法。It's useful to have someone to bounce ideas off.能有個人談談想法很有用。exchange, pool, share交換意見;集思廣益;分享想法give sb使某人產生想法What gave you the idea to go freelance?你怎麼會產生做自由職業者的念頭?apply, implement, put into action, put into practice, take up實施規劃;把想法付諸行動;開始實施想法The idea had long been mooted but nothing had been done to put it into practice.這個想法提出很長時間了,但是還沒採取任何措施去付諸實踐。transform, translate轉化構想How could we translate the idea into business reality?我們怎樣才能把這個構想轉化為實際業務呢?steal盜用構想She accused the company of stealing her idea.她指控公司剽竊了她的創意。impose強加想法She always tries to impose her own ideas on the rest of the team.她總想把自己的想法強加給團隊其他成員。IDEA + VERBcome into sb's brain, come into sb's head, come into sb's mind, come to sb, flash through sb's brain, flash through sb's mind, hit sb, occur to sb, pop into sb's head, strike sb想法進入某人腦海;某人有了主意;想法在某人腦海中閃過;某人突然蹦出個主意;某人突然冒出一個想法;某人靈機一動The idea for the invention came to him in the bath.這個發明是他洗澡的時候靈機一動想到的。emerge, evolve, form, grow想法浮現出來;思路逐漸發展;想法形成;想法漸趨成熟An idea began to form in his mind.一個想法在他頭腦中逐漸成形。flow想法湧現His ideas flowed faster than he could express them.他的點子不斷湧現,讓他根本來不及表達。come from sb/sth, date back from sth, date back to sth, originate, start, stem from sth想法來自⋯;想法可以溯源至⋯;主張發端於⋯;方案源自⋯The idea for the Olympics originated with Pierre de Coubertin.舉辦奧運會的想法是由皮埃爾・德・顧拜旦首先提出來的。work, work out想法有效;方案成功That idea didn't work out so well.那個方案不太成功。lead想法導致The idea eventually led to the invention of the telephone.這個想法最終導致了電話的發明。come to nothing想法落空PREPOSITIONidea about關於⋯的想法I have an idea about how to tackle the problem.我有一個解決問題的思路。idea for⋯的方案We were asked to suggest ideas for improving efficiency.我們被要求提交提高效率的方案。idea of⋯的想法She had the idea of advertising on the Internet.她有了在因特網上做廣告的念頭。PHRASESbe open to ideas樂於聽取建議I don't know what to do, but I'm open to ideas.我不知道該幹什麼,不過我想聽聽大家的建議。the germ of an idea想法的萌芽The germ of his idea came from watching a bird make a nest.他的想法萌發自觀察小鳥築巢。have other ideas另有打算I wanted to take the week off, but my boss had other ideas.我想這週休假,可老闆另有安排。have the right idea有恰當的想法The party had the right idea, but failed to win over the voters.這個黨派的想法對路,但沒能贏得選民。it might be an idea也許是個不錯的主意It might be an idea to leave a note on the door for Marcos.在門上給馬科斯留張便條也許是個不錯的主意。


2thought/impression想法;印象ADJECTIVE | VERB + IDEA | IDEA + VERB | PREPOSITION ADJECTIVEclear, concrete, precise清晰的觀點;具體的印象;準確的想法abstract抽象的想法theoretical理論觀點basic, general, rough, vague基本觀點;總體想法;大致的概念;模糊的想法He gave me a rough idea of what was wanted.他大致告訴我需要的是什麼。central, key, main中心思想;關鍵概念;大意The book introduces the key ideas of sociology.該書介紹了社會學的關鍵概念。dominant主流觀點fixed一成不變的觀念preconceived先入為主的印象definite, firm, strong明確的看法;堅定的信念She has very definite ideas about what kind of a job she wants.她很清楚自己想要什麼樣的工作。complex, difficult複雜的思想;難懂的觀念simple, simplistic簡單的觀念;簡單化的想法The movie is based on a simple idea, but a powerful one.這部電影是根據一個簡單但很有創意的想法拍出來的。conventional常規觀念traditional傳統觀念radical, revolutionary激進思想;革命觀念contradictory矛盾的看法erroneous, false, wrong錯誤的觀點I don't want anyone getting the wrong idea about me.我不想讓任何人對我有所誤解。funny, strange可笑的/奇怪的想法utopian烏托邦式的想法romantic不切實際的想法People have a romantic idea of the police force.人們對警察存有幻想。newfangled新奇的觀念outdated過時的想法not the faintest, not the foggiest, not the slightest (all informal) 一點兒也不清楚;絲毫不明白I haven't the faintest idea what she meant.我一點兒也不明白她是什麼意思。artistic, economic, intellectual, moral, musical, philosophical, political, scientific藝術觀點;經濟理念;理性的思想;道德理念;音樂理念;哲學思想;政治理念;科學觀念feminist, nationalist, socialist, etc.女權主義、民族主義、社會主義等觀念VERB + IDEAget認為;理解They got the idea that we would be paying for them.他們以為我們會給他們付錢。You'll soon get the idea (= understand).你很快就會明白的。espouse, have, hold擁護思想;有⋯觀念;持⋯觀點He holds very different ideas to mine about discipline.他對紀律的看法和我大相徑庭。develop, form, shape形成觀點;形成看法the experiences that shaped her ideas塑造她思想的經歷introduce引入觀念express表達觀點communicate, convey, get across, get over, present, promote, put out there (NAmE) 表達觀點;傳達觀點;使別人理解觀點;講清觀點;亮明觀點;推廣觀念;公佈觀點It was a struggle to get our ideas across.費了很大力氣才算講明白了我們的想法。I wanted to put the idea out there.我想把這個想法公佈出來。demonstrate, explain, expound, illustrate論證/解釋/闡述/說明觀點clarify, formalize, formulate, organize, structure闡明觀點;確立思路;表述想法;組織思想Give careful thought to how to structure your ideas in the essay.要認真思考在文章中如何謀篇佈局。reinforce, support強化觀念;支持觀點change, reconsider, revise改變想法;重新調整思路;修正理念They had to reconsider their ideas in the light of new evidence.他們只得根據新證據重新調整思路。accept, embrace, take up接受思想;欣然接受觀念;採納理念dismiss, reject打消念頭;拒絕接受觀念challenge挑戰觀念These photographs challenge conventional ideas of beauty.這些攝影作品挑戰了傳統的審美觀念。harbour/harbor懷有想法I hope he's not still harbouring / harboring ideas about asking me out.我希望他別再抱有約我出去的想法了。be obsessed with痴迷於想法He's obsessed with the idea of getting a motorcycle.他一門心思想要買輛摩托車。relish喜歡想法I don't relish the idea of sharing an office with Tony.我可不願意和托尼共用一間辦公室。IDEA + VERBamuse sb, appeal to sb, please sb想法令某人發笑/打動某人/使某人高興The idea of going to his rescue amused her.她一想到要去解救他就覺得好笑。catch on, take hold, take off觀念流行;想法控制Some people started recycling, and the idea caught on.一些人開始循環使用物品,接着這一理念就流行開來了。PREPOSITIONidea about關於⋯的想法She has some funny ideas about how to motivate staff.關於如何調動員工的積極性,她有些有趣的想法。idea behind本意The idea behind the ceremony is to keep the gods happy to ensure a good crop.這種儀式的本意是博取眾神的歡心,以確保莊稼豐收。idea of⋯的想法Swimming in an icy river is not my idea of fun.在冰冷的河裏游泳我可不覺得有什麼樂趣。
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0_0: Translations of idea
  • # n.
    表象: idea
    點子: dot, drop, idea, key point, point, speck
    概念: concept, conception, idea, notion
    構想: idea, scheme
    計: idea, meter, plan, ruse, stratagem
    理念: idea
    念: commemoration, idea, thought
    念頭: idea, thought
    思想: cogitation, idea, ideology, thinking, thought
    想法: belief, idea, opinion, view
    心裁: conception, idea
    心思: idea, state of mind, mood, thought
    意: aspiration, clue, connotation, consequence, craving, idea
    意見: application, attitude, belief, complaint, criticism, idea
    意念: design, idea, motif, motive, plan, scheme
    主意: steer, decision, idea, plan, definite view

0_0: Definitions of idea
  • # noun.
    - a thought or suggestion as to a possible course of action.
    * the idea of linking pay to performance has caught on
    - the aim or purpose.
    * I took a job with the idea of getting some money together
    - (in Platonic thought) an eternally existing pattern of which individual things in any class are imperfect copies.
    * None

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