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Din dicționarul The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Idea \I*de"a\, n.; pl. Ideas. [L. idea, Gr. ?, fr. ? to see;
     akin to E. wit: cf. F. id['e]e. See Wit.]
     1. The transcript, image, or picture of a visible object,
        that is formed by the mind; also, a similar image of any
        object whatever, whether sensible or spiritual.
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              Her sweet idea wandered through his thoughts.
                                                    --Fairfax.
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              Being the right idea of your father
              Both in your form and nobleness of mind. --Shak.
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              This representation or likeness of the object being
              transmitted from thence [the senses] to the
              imagination, and lodged there for the view and
              observation of the pure intellect, is aptly and
              properly called its idea.             --P. Browne.
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     2. A general notion, or a conception formed by
        generalization.
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              Alice had not the slightest idea what latitude was.
                                                    --L. Caroll.
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     3. Hence: Any object apprehended, conceived, or thought of,
        by the mind; a notion, conception, or thought; the real
        object that is conceived or thought of.
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              Whatsoever the mind perceives in itself, or as the
              immediate object of perception, thought, or
              undersanding, that I call idea.       --Locke.
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     4. A belief, option, or doctrine; a characteristic or
        controlling principle; as, an essential idea; the idea of
        development.
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              That fellow seems to me to possess but one idea, and
              that is a wrong one.                  --Johnson.
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              What is now "idea" for us? How infinite the fall of
              this word, since the time where Milton sang of the
              Creator contemplating his newly-created world, 
              "how it showed . . .
              Answering his great idea," 
              to its present use, when this person "has an idea
              that the train has started," and the other "had no
              idea that the dinner would be so bad!" --Trench.
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     5. A plan or purpose of action; intention; design.
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              I shortly afterwards set off for that capital, with
              an idea of undertaking while there the translation
              of the work.                          --W. Irving.
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     6. A rational conception; the complete conception of an
        object when thought of in all its essential elements or
        constituents; the necessary metaphysical or constituent
        attributes and relations, when conceived in the abstract.
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     7. A fiction object or picture created by the imagination;
        the same when proposed as a pattern to be copied, or a
        standard to be reached; one of the archetypes or patterns
        of created things, conceived by the Platonists to have
        excited objectively from eternity in the mind of the
        Deity.
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              Thence to behold this new-created world,
              The addition of his empire, how it showed
              In prospect from his throne, how good, how fair,
              Answering his great idea.             --Milton.
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     Note: "In England, Locke may be said to have been the first
           who naturalized the term in its Cartesian universality.
           When, in common language, employed by Milton and
           Dryden, after Descartes, as before him by Sidney,
           Spenser, Shakespeare, Hooker, etc., the meaning is
           Platonic." --Sir W. Hamilton.
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     Abstract idea, Association of ideas, etc. See under
        Abstract, Association, etc.
  
     Syn: Notion; conception; thought; sentiment; fancy; image;
          perception; impression; opinion; belief; observation;
          judgment; consideration; view; design; intention;
          purpose; plan; model; pattern.
  
     Usage: There is scarcely any other word which is subjected to
            such abusive treatment as is the word idea, in the
            very general and indiscriminative way in which it is
            employed, as it is used variously to signify almost
            any act, state, or content of thought.
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