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idea (cognitive content)

Definition:

the content of cognition; the main thing you are thinking about

Class:

cognition noun (cognitive processes and contents)

Related to:

ideal | ideate

Derivative:

psychomotor

Plural:

ideas

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage example:

it wasn't a good idea

Synonyms:

thought

Etymology:

Latin from Greek, form or appearance of a thing as opposed to its reality from...
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Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Thought

generally refers to any mental or intellectual activity involving an individual's subjective consciousness. It can refer either to the act of thinking or the resulting ideas or arrangements of ideas. Similar concepts include cognition, sentience, ... (35 of 2937 words, 5 images)

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Thought (disambiguation)

a mental process which allows beings to be conscious, make decisions, imagine and, in general, operate on symbols in a rational ... | School of thought, a collections of ideas that result from the adoption of a particular paradigm | Thought, the short ... (41 of 163 words, 5 definitions)

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Britannica Encyclopedia:

thought

covert symbolic responses to stimuli that are either intrinsic or extrinsic. Thought, or thinking, is considered to mediate between inner activity and ... (22 of 1316 words, 3 images)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

think | thought [past tense] | thinking [present participle] | thinks [3rd-person singular present] | not think twice | be thinking of/about doing something | can't think straight | don't even think about/of doing something | do you think...? | ...

[transitive] to believe something based on facts or ideas ; used for saying that you are not completely certain about something | ... (21 of 1333 words, 38 definitions, 59 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/think

thought | thoughts [plural] | give something some thought | in someone's thoughts | it's just a thought | it's the thought that counts | not give someone/something a/another thought | with no thought for/of something

[countable] a word, idea, or image that comes into your mind | [uncountable] the mental effort that you make to understand something, to make ... (23 of 407 words, 11 definitions, 20 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/thought

Collins Dictionary:

thought | think | I don't think [sense-specific] | think again [sense-specific] | think better of [sense-specific] | think much of [sense-specific] | think nothing of [sense-specific] | think twice [sense-specific] | you've got another think coming [sense-specific] | ...

[past tense] "think" | the act or process of thinking; deliberation, meditation, or reflection | a concept, opinion, or idea | philosophical or ... (20 of 913 words, 28 definitions, 30 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/thought

Merriam-Webster:

think [entry 1, verb] | thought [past tense] | thinking [present participle] | think better of | think much of | thunk [dialect, past tense] | consider [synonym, sense-specific] | remember [synonym, sense-specific] | anticipate [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

to form or have in the mind | to have as an intention | to have as an opinion ; to regard as; "consider" | to reflect on; "ponder" ; to determine by ... (30 of 690 words, 16 definitions, 28 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/think

thought [entry 2, noun] | a thought | conception [synonym, sense-specific] | somewhat [synonym, sense-specific] | cogitation [synonym, sense-specific] | regard [synonym, sense-specific] | remembrance [synonym, sense-specific] | recollection [synonym, sense-specific] | account [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

the action or process of thinking; "cogitation" ; serious consideration; "regard" ; [archaic] "recollection", "remembrance" | reasoning power ; the ... (19 of 370 words, 4 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Oxford Dictionary:

think | thought [past tense] | got | through | I think | think of/about | think of | think to do something | think oneself into

[with clause] : have a particular belief or idea | used in questions to express anger or surprise | ("I think") : used in speech to reduce the force ... (27 of 638 words, 31 definitions, 33 usage examples, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/think

thought [entry 1] | one's thoughts | thought of | a thought | don't give it another thought | it's the thought that counts | a second thought | take thought | that's a thought!

an idea or opinion produced by thinking, or occurring suddenly in the mind | ("one's thoughts") : one's mind or attention | an act of considering or ... (25 of 377 words, 14 definitions, 17 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/thought

Random House Dictionary:

thought

the product of mental activity; that which one thinks. | a single act or product of thinking; idea or notion. | the act or process of thinking; mental ... (26 of 185 words, 13 definitions, 12 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/thought

New World Dictionary:

thought

the act or process of thinking; reflection; meditation; cogitation | the power of reasoning, or of conceiving ideas; capacity for thinking; intellect; ... (21 of 113 words, 9 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Wiktionary:

thought | thowt [archaic, sense-specific] | thinking [synonym, sense-specific]

Form created in the mind, rather than the forms perceived through the five senses; an instance of thinking. | [uncountable] The process by which such forms arise or are manipulated; thinking. | A way of thinking (associated with a group, nation or ... (40 of 103 words, 4 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

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Cambridge Dictionary:

think [entry 1] | thought [past tense]

to believe something or have an opinion or idea (9 of 94 words, 8 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/think 1

thought [entry 2]

the act of thinking about or considering something, an idea or opinion, or a set of ideas about a particular subject (21 of 90 words, 6 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/thought 2

American Heritage Dictionary:

thought

Past tense and past participle of think. | The act or process of thinking; cogitation. | A product of thinking. | The faculty of thinking or ... (23 of 91 words, 8 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Encarta Dictionary:

think

to use the mind to consider ideas and make judgments | to believe something, or have something as an opinion | to imagine or understand something or ... (25 of 478 words, 13 definitions, pronunciations)

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thought [entry 1] | thoughts [plural]

the activity or process of thinking | an idea, plan, conception, or opinion produced by mental activity | the intellectual, scientific, and ... (20 of 180 words, 9 definitions)

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Etymology references

New World Dictionary:

idea

Origin: Latin from Greek, form or appearance of a thing as opposed to its reality from Indo-European *widswo- from base *weid-, to see, know ... (23 of 37 etymology words)

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Oxford Dictionary:

idea | give someone | got | the idea

Origin: late Middle English (in "..."): via Latin from Greek idea "form, pattern", from the base of idein "to see"

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Wiktionary:

idea

Origin: Latin idea ("a (Platonic) idea; archetype"), from Ancient Greek ἰδέα (idea, "notion, pattern"), from εἴδω (eidō, "I see").

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Collins Dictionary:

idea | Idea

First use: 16th century

Origin: via Late Latin from Greek: model, pattern, notion, from idein to see

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/idea

Merriam-Webster:

idea

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English, from Latin, from Greek, from idein to see

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/idea

American Heritage Dictionary:

idea

Origin: Middle English, from Latin, from Greek; see weid- in Indo-European roots.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/idea

Encarta Dictionary:

idea | ideas [plural]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Latin from Greek, "look" from idein "to see"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861619950​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

idea

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Collins Dictionary:

idea | Idea

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www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/idea

Macmillan British Dictionary:

idea | ideas [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "idea"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

idea | ideas [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "idea"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

idea [entry 1]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "idea"

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the Free Dictionary:

idea

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Google Dictionary:

idea | ideas [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "idea"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

idea

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YourDictionary Audio:

idea

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freedictionary.org:

idea

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