Meaning of IDEAL in English
/ aɪˈdiːəl; NAmE / adjective , noun
ideal (for sth) perfect; most suitable :
This beach is ideal for children.
She's the ideal candidate for the job.
The trip to Paris will be an ideal opportunity to practise my French.
[ only before noun ] existing only in your imagination or as an idea; not likely to be real :
the search for ideal love
In an ideal world there would be no poverty and disease.
► ideal·ly / aɪˈdiːəli; NAmE / adverb :
She's ideally suited for this job.
Ideally, I'd like to live in New York, but that's not possible.
[ C ] an idea or standard that seems perfect, and worth trying to achieve or obtain :
She found it hard to live up to his high ideals.
[ C , usually sing. ] ~ (of sth) a person or thing that you think is perfect :
It's my ideal of what a family home should be.
late Middle English (as a term in Platonic philosophy, in the sense existing as an archetype ): from late Latin idealis , via Latin from Greek idea form, pattern, from the base of idein to see.
Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary. Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне. 2005