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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.


Synonymsthought


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.


Synonymsmind


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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