Từ điển trực tuyến - Online Dictionary

English - Vietnamese Dictionary
idea /ai'diə/
  • danh từ
    • quan niệm, tư tưởng, ý tưởng, ý nghĩ, ý kiến
      • a fixed idea: quan niệm cố định
      • the young idea: lối nghĩ trẻ thơ, trí óc trẻ thơ
    • ý niệm, khái niệm, sự hiểu biết qua
      • we hadn't the slightest idea of it: chúng tôi không có một ý niệm về cái đó, chúng tôi không biết một chút gì về điều đó
      • to give an idea of something: cho một ý niệm về vấn đề gì
    • sự hình dung, sự tưởng tượng; điều tưởng tượng
      • I had no idea you could do it: tôi không hình dung được anh có thể làm điều đó
    • ý định, kế hoạch hành động, ý đồ
      • what's the big idea?: (mỉa mai) cậu nuôi ý định điên rồ gì trong đầu thế?
      • man of ideas: người lắm mưu nhiều kế, người có tài xoay
    • (triết học) mẫu mực lý tưởng (theo Pla-ton); ý niệm của lý trí (theo Căng); đối tượng trực tiếp của nhận thức (theo Đề-các-tơ, Lốc)
Concise Dictionary
+the content of cognition; the main thing you are thinking about
+a personal view
+an approximate calculation of quantity or degree or worth
+your intention; what you intend to do
+(music) melodic subject of a musical composition

Thesaurus Dictionary
1 concept, conception, construct, thought, notion, plan, design, scheme, suggestion, recommendation:
Is that your idea of a good singing voice? Peter has an excellent idea for increasing sales
2 notion, fancy, impression, picture, (mental) image, concept, conception, perception, understanding, awareness, apprehension, inkling, suspicion, hint, suggestion, approximation, clue, intimation, guess, estimate, estimation, impression:
I haven't the slightest idea what you are talking about. Can you give us any idea of the cause of the delay?
3 belief, opinion, sentiment, feeling, teaching(s), doctrine, tenet, principle, philosophy, view, viewpoint, outlook, notion, conviction, position, stance:
Western and Eastern ideas differ as to the role of women in society.
4 aim, goal, purpose, objective, object, end, point, reason, raison d'être:
What was the idea of telling the teacher? The idea behind the scheme was to boost sales. The idea of the game is to capture your opponent's king
5 hypothesis, theory, notion, dream, fantasy or phantasy:
His invention is based on the idea of an anti-gravity device.
Advanced English Dictionary
+ noun
plan / thought
1 [C] ~ (for sth)
~ (of sth)
~ (of doing sth) a plan, thought or suggestion, especially about what to do in a particular situation: It would be a good idea to call before we leave. + I like the idea of living on a boat. + He already had an idea for his next novel. + Her family expected her to go to college, but she had other ideas. + The surprise party was Jane's idea. + I've had a brilliant idea! + (spoken) It might be an idea (= it would be sensible) to try again later. + We've been toying with the idea of (= thinking about) getting a dog. + It seemed like a good idea at the time, and then it all went horribly wrong. + We're having a meeting to try to come up with ideas for fund-raising. + The latest big idea is to make women more interested in sport.
2 [U, sing.] ~ (of sth) a picture or an impression in your mind of what sb/sth is like: The brochure should give you a good idea of the hotel. + I had some idea of what the job would be like. + She doesn't seem to have any idea of what I'm talking about. + I don't want anyone getting the wrong idea (= getting the wrong impression about sth). + An evening at home watching TV is not my idea of a good time. + If this is your idea of a joke, then I don't find it very funny.
3 [C] ~ (about sth) an opinion or a belief about sth: He has some very strange ideas about education.
4 [sing.] ~ (that ...) a feeling that sth is possible: What gave you the idea that he'd be here? + I have a pretty good idea where I left it-I hope I'm right.
5 (the idea) [sing.] ~ of sth / of doing sth the aim or purpose of sth: You'll soon get the idea (= understand). + What's the idea of the game? + The whole idea of going was so that we could meet her new boyfriend. + What's the idea of all this?
Idioms: give sb ideas
put ideas into sb's head to give sb hopes about sth that may not be possible or likely; to make sb act or think in an unreasonable way: Who's been putting ideas into his head?
have no idea
not have the faintest, first, etc. idea (spoken) used to emphasize that you do not know sth: 'What's she talking about?' 'I've no idea.' + He hasn't the faintest idea how to manage people. + I had no idea she'd had such a difficult life. + I don't have any idea where he is.
have the right idea to have found a very good or successful way of living, doing sth, etc: He's certainly got the right idea-retiring at 55.
That's an idea! (spoken) used to reply in a positive way to a suggestion that sb has made: Hey, that's an idea! And we could get a band, as well.
That's the idea! (spoken) used to encourage people and to tell them that they are doing sth right: That's the idea! You're doing fine.
You have no idea ... (spoken) used to show that sth is hard for sb else to imagine: You've no idea how much traffic there was tonight.
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Collocation Dictionary

1 plan/suggestion


bright, brilliant, clever, excellent, good, great, marvellous | valuable, worthwhile | exciting, inspirational, interesting, stimulating | constructive, positive | creative, imaginative, innovative, original | wacky | big
The latest big idea is to make women more interested in sport.
| alternative
Group counselling is used as an alternative idea to punishment.
| fresh, new | absurd, bad, mistaken, ridiculous | crackpot, crazy, mad, outlandish, wild | half-baked | ambitious, big, grand
He joined the company as an office assistant with big ideas.
| grandiose | basic
The basic idea is that we all meet up in London.


Do you have any ideas for a present for Lara?
| come up with, dream up, hit on/upon, produce, think up | draw, get
Her ideas are drawn mainly from Chinese art.
| contribute, input | moot, put forward | promote, push (forward), sell
They managed to push the idea of moving office through the committee.
| welcome
Most employees welcome the idea of a ban on smoking.
| consider, entertain, flirt with, toy with
I'm toying with the idea of packing in my job.
| mull over, turn over
He kept turning the idea of resigning over in his mind.
| encourage, generate
Brainstorming is a good way of generating ideas.
| stifle
a system of decision-making that stifles original ideas
| reject, scoff at, veto | test, try out | bounce around, bounce off sb, brainstorm, discuss, explore, talk about
I met up with a designer to bounce a few ideas around. It's useful to have someone to bounce ideas off.
| exchange, pool, share | give sb
What gave you the idea to go freelance?
| apply, implement, put into action/effect/practice
The idea had long been mooted but nothing had been done to put it into practice.
| transform, translate
How could we translate the idea into business reality?
| steal
She accused the company of stealing her idea.
| impose
She always tries to impose her own ideas on the rest of the team.


come into sb's head/mind, come to sb, flash across/into sb's mind/brain, hit sb, occur to sb, pop into sb's head, strike sb
The idea for the invention came to him in the bath.
| emerge, evolve, form, grow
An idea began to form in his mind.
| flow
His ideas flowed faster than he could express them.
| come from sb/sth, date back from/to sth, originate, start, stem from sth
The idea for the Olympics originated with Pierre de Coubertin.
| blossom, work (out)
The idea has now blossomed into a successful mail-order business.
| lead
The idea eventually led to the invention of the telephone.
| come to nothing


~ about
I have an idea about how to tackle the problem.
| ~ for
We were asked to suggest ideas for improving efficiency.
| ~ of
She had the idea of advertising on the Internet.


be open to ideas
I don't know what to do, but I'm open to ideas.
| the germ/glimmering of an idea
The germ of his idea came from watching a bird make a nest.
| have other ideas
I wanted to take the week off, but my boss had other ideas.
| it might be an idea
It might be an idea to leave a note on the door for Mark.

2 thought/impression


clear, concrete, precise | abstract | theoretical | basic, rough, vague
He gave me a rough idea of what was wanted.
| key, main
The book introduces the key ideas of sociology.
| dominant | fixed, inflexible | preconceived | definite, firm, strong
She has very definite ideas about what kind of a job she wants.
| complex, difficult | simplistic | conventional | traditional | radical, revolutionary | contradictory | erroneous, false, wrong
I don't want anyone getting the wrong idea about me.
| funny, strange | utopian | romantic
People have a romantic idea of the police force.
| new-fangled | outdated | not the faintest/foggiest/remotest/slightest
(informal) I haven't got the faintest idea what she meant. | artistic, economic, intellectual, moral, musical, philosophical, political, scientific | fascist, feminist, nationalist, socialist


They seem to have got the idea that we will be giving them a lift. You'll soon get the idea (= understand).
| espouse, have, hold
He holds very different ideas to mine about discipline.
| develop, form, shape
the experiences that shaped her ideas
| express | communicate, convey, get across, get over, present, put across
The book puts across complex ideas in a way anyone can understand.
| demonstrate, explain, expound, illustrate | clarify, formalize, formulate, organize, structure
Give careful thought to how to structure your ideas in the essay.
| change, reconsider, reshape, revise
They had to reconsider their ideas in the light of new evidence.
| accept | dismiss, reject | harbour
I hope he's not still harbouring ideas about asking me out.
| be obsessed with
He's obsessed with the idea of getting a motorbike.
| relish
I don't relish the idea of sharing an office with Tony.


amuse sb, appeal to sb, please sb
The idea of going to his rescue amused her.
| catch on, take hold
Some students started wearing denim, and the idea caught on.


~ about
She's got some funny ideas about how to motivate staff.
| ~ behind
The idea behind the ceremony is to keep the gods happy to ensure a good crop.
| ~ of
Swimming in an icy river is not my idea of fun.

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