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Idea appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Re hotel cyclopaedia idea, Pol: cycle to her.
  • Togaed in acid, I caw, "Oh how acidic an idea got!"
  • Nod: a hobo has no idea men enemaed ions a hobo had on.
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Usage statistics for the noun idea:

spoken English49.62%written English50.38% conversational speech33.88%task-oriented speech66.12% imaginative writing48.29%informational writing51.71%
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Idea is sometimes a misspelling of ideas.

The word idea is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun idea

What does idea mean as a name of something?

Idea is one of the top 100 most common nouns in the English language.View more statistics!

noun - plural: ideas

  1. the content of cognition; the main thing you are thinking about
  2. your intention; what you intend to do
    • example: the idea of the game is to capture all the pieces
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • synonym of idea: mind
    • more generic words: aim / design / intent / intention / purpose = an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions
  3. a personal view
    • example: he has an idea that we don't like him
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • more generic words: opinion / persuasion / sentiment / thought / view = a personal belief or judgment that is not founded on proof or certainty
    • more specific term: body image = an individual's idea as assessment of his or her own body
  4. an approximate calculation of quantity or degree or worth
  5. (music) melodic subject of a musical composition


IDEA is a record label.


Idea is a fictional character from the 2013 film LaCuna.


  1. "Idea" is the fifth studio album and third international release by the Bee Gees. Released in September 1968, the album sold over a million copies worldwide. The album was issued in both mono and stereo pressings in the UK. The artwork on the Polydor release designed by Wolfgang Heilemann featured a lightbulb with a group photo in its base, while the North American ATCO release designed by Klaus Voormann featured a composite head made from each band member. No singles from the album were issued in the UK, but ATCO released both "I've Gotta Get a Message to You" and "I Started a Joke" in North America.
  2. "Idea" is a musical album of Cristina Zavalloni.
    • released in (9 years ago)


"Idea" is a book by Paul Hoover.


  1. Idea: In philosophy, ideas are usually construed as mental representational images of some object. Ideas can also be abstract concepts that do not present as mental images. Many philosophers have considered ideas to be a fundamental ontological category of being. The capacity to create and understand the meaning of ideas is considered to be an essential and defining feature of human beings. In a popular sense, an idea arises in a reflexive, spontaneous manner, even without thinking or serious reflection, for example, when we talk about the idea of a person or a place.
  2. Idea a.k.a. Citizens, formerly known as Alliance of the New Citizen and Free Word Party of Nora Mojsejová is a political party in Slovakia. The party was founded in 2001 and it was part of the governing coalition in Slovakia from October 2002 to September 2005. It changed its name from ANO to SSS in November 2011, when Eleonóra Mojsejová a Slovak businesswoman and TV personality took over the party. The president is Miroslav Mišánik.
  3. Idea was a television special starring the Bee Gees with Brian Auger and The Trinity, Julie Driscoll and Lil Lindfors. It was aired on 11 December 1968 on Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen.
    • begun on (46 years ago)
    • genre: Musical

Phrases with Idea

Phrases starting with the word Idea:

  1. Idea Aza
  2. Idea Daos
  3. Idea Hera
  4. Idea Idea
  5. Idea Muna
  6. Idea Nike
  7. Idea Sula
  8. Idea Aruna
  9. Idea Belia
  10. Idea Clara
  11. Idea Diana
  12. Idea Kuhni
  13. Idea Moira
  14. Idea Theia
  15. Idea Virgo
  16. Idea Virus

Phrases ending with the word Idea:

  1. No Idea
  2. Genus Idea
  3. Lebia Idea
  4. Argema Idea

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Idea

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Google previewThe Dublin Review (1869)

An idea is an original unity, not formed out of a multiplicity of judgments, but at once a whole, out of which many judgments may be evolved...

Google previewA Conflict of Self Interest (2016)

Living For Ever by Adrian A. Hankey

Idea is an impulse of Self Awareness that may precede thought. Thought...


The Platonic idea is an archetypal form or notional entity, in which all particular things participate, in so far as they hear the...

Looked at ontolotrically the Platonic idea is the essentially real, absolute Being ; looked at episternologicaUy, it is the ...

Google previewThe Armchair Economist (revised and updated May 2012) (2007)

Economics & Everyday Life by Steven E. Landsburg

A simple idea is that people respond to incentives. A surprising conclusion is that when drivers are protected by air bags, they drive more recklessly and have more accidents. A simple idea is that when the price of something goes down, ...

Google previewPhilosophical Papers and Letters (2012)

A Selection by G.W. Leibniz

An idea is a structure of meaning, a real definition, based on the law of identity and contradiction, and in close logical...

Every simple idea is a mode of God's perfection and therefore harmonizes with all other such units in the divine intellect.

Google previewAn Introduction to Hegel's Logic (1998)

by Justus Hartnack

As just stated, the idea is the unity of subjectivity (the concept) and objectivity. The idea is the truth.134 It is important to understand that all the categories — both the categories of being and essence and the categories of the concept — by ...

Google previewRead & Succeed Comprehension Level 6: Details Passages and Questions (2014)

by Debra J. Housel

Sample: The main idea is that kids can make simple recipes and snacks by themselves, starting with making an omelet. Critical Thinking answers will vary. Sample: If you don't do everything in the order it says, you could end ...

Google previewThe Husserl Dictionary (2012)

by Dermot Moran, Joseph Cohen

Bolzano sharply distinguished the subjective presentations in the mind which were parts of subjective propositions from the objective meaning content of the proposition it itself: 'Idea' in this sense is a general name for any phenomenon in our ...

Google previewThe Agamben Dictionary (2011)

by Alex Murray, Jessica Whyte

The idea is often explored through artworks and historical examples, as a leitmotif running through the different figures explored in Stanzas, in the repeated discussion of Klee and Dürer's paintings (The Man Without Content), and the end of ...

Google previewDictionary of Psychopathology (2012)

by Henry Kellerman

IDEA(S) OF REFERENCE Usually referred to in paranoid diagnoses as the person either inventing out of thin air or taking what is being said by others and applying it to the self in some delusional idiosyncratic manner, that is to say, referring it ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Digital Government (2006)

by Anttiroiko, Ari-Veikko

The idea to create an e-government pool is heading in the same direction. The pool of portals represents a uniform frame for access to cross-authority Web applications and the administration of related rights. This allows users logging onto ...

Google previewThe Pacific Region: The Greenwood Encyclopedia of American Regional Cultures (2004)

The Greenwood Encyclopedia of American Regional Cultures by Jan Goggans, Aaron DiFranco

The world is ideas; perhaps the world is an idea—at least that is what devices at our disposal seem to say. In many ways, college and university departments, along with documentarians and writers, provided pathways down which such ideas ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Education Law (2008)

by Charles J. Russo

the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) codified the process by which school ...

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Usage statistics about idea

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the noun idea:

spoken English49.62%written English50.38% conversational speech33.88%task-oriented speech66.12% imaginative writing48.29%informational writing51.71%

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Sign language

Idea For 'Google Gesture' Would Translate Sign Language

A new Google app called Gesture was announced this week. It allows sign language to translate into speech in realtime. **Correction: An earlier version of this ...

Quotes about Idea

Every suggested idea produces a corresponding physical reaction. Every idea constantly repeated ends by being engraved upon the brain, provoking the act which corresponds to that idea. (Scott Reed)
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Scrabble value of I1D2E1A1

The value of this 4-letter word is 5 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

Anagrams of IDEA

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