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English noun: idea

1. idea (cognition) the content of cognition; the main thing you are thinking about

SamplesIt was not a good idea.
The thought never entered my mind.


Broader (hypernym)cognitive content, content, mental object

Narrower (hyponym)belief, burden, cogitation, concept, conception, construct, feeling, figment, generalisation, generality, generalization, ideal, idealisation, idealization, impression, inspiration, keynote, kink, meaning, misconception, motif, notion, notion, opinion, plan, preoccupation, program, programme, reaction, substance, suggestion, theme, theorem, whim, whimsey, whimsy

2. idea (cognition) your intention; what you intend to do

SamplesHe had in mind to see his old teacher.
The idea of the game is to capture all the pieces.


Broader (hypernym)aim, design, intent, intention, purpose

3. idea (cognition) a personal view

SamplesHe has an idea that we don't like him.

Broader (hypernym)opinion, persuasion, sentiment, thought, view

4. idea (cognition) an approximate calculation of quantity or degree or worth

SamplesAn estimate of what it would cost.
A rough idea how long it would take.

Synonymsapproximation, estimate, estimation

Broader (hypernym)calculation, computation, figuring, reckoning

Narrower (hyponym)credit, credit rating, dead reckoning, guess, guessing, guesstimate, guesswork, guestimate, overestimate, overestimation, overrating, overreckoning, scalage, shot, underestimate, underestimation, underrating, underreckoning

5. idea (communication) (music) melodic subject of a musical composition

SamplesThe theme is announced in the first measures.
The accompanist picked up the idea and elaborated it.

Synonymsmelodic theme, musical theme, theme

Broader (hypernym)air, line, melodic line, melodic phrase, melody, strain, tune

Narrower (hyponym)motif, motive, statement, variation

Domain categorymusic

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