Meaning of IDEA in English

IDEA

noun

1 plan/suggestion

ADJECTIVE

▪ bright , brilliant , clever , excellent , good , great , marvellous/marvelous , nice , wonderful

▪ valuable , worthwhile

▪ exciting , interesting , stimulating

▪ constructive , positive

▪ creative , imaginative , innovative , novel , original

▪ wacky

▪ big

The latest big ~ is to get women more interested in soccer.

▪ alternative

Family therapy is used as an alternative ~ to medication.

▪ fresh , new

▪ old

▪ absurd , bad , mistaken , ridiculous , stupid

▪ crackpot , crazy , mad , outlandish , wild

▪ half-baked

▪ ambitious , big , grand

He joined the company as an office assistant with big ~s.

▪ grandiose

▪ basic

The basic ~ is that we all meet up in London.

▪ whole

I think the whole ~ is ridiculous.

VERB + IDEA

▪ have

Do you have any ~s for a present for Lara?

▪ come up with , dream up , hit on , hit upon , produce , think up

▪ draw , get

Her ~s are drawn mainly from Chinese art.

▪ contribute , offer

▪ moot ( formal , esp. BrE ), propose , put forward , suggest

▪ promote , push , push forward , sell

They managed to push the ~ of expanding through the committee.

▪ welcome

Most employees welcome the ~ of a ban on smoking.

▪ consider , entertain , flirt with , toy with

I'm toying with the ~ of leaving my job.

▪ mull over , turn over

He kept turning the ~ of resigning over in his mind.

▪ encourage , generate

Brainstorming is a good way of generating ~s.

▪ reject , scoff at , veto

▪ test , try , try out

▪ bounce around , bounce off sb , brainstorm , discuss , explore , talk about

I met up with a designer to bounce a few ~s around.

It's useful to have someone to bounce ~s off.

▪ exchange , pool , share

▪ give sb

What gave you the ~ to go freelance?

▪ apply , implement , put into action , put into practice , take up

The ~ had long been mooted but nothing had been done to put it into practice.

▪ transform , translate

How could we translate the ~ into business reality?

▪ steal

She accused the company of stealing her ~.

▪ impose

She always tries to impose her own ~s on the rest of the team.

IDEA + VERB

▪ come into sb's brain , come into sb's head , come into sb's mind , come to sb , flash through sb's brain , flash through sb's mind , hit sb , occur to sb , pop into sb's head , strike sb

The ~ for the invention came to him in the bath.

▪ emerge , evolve , form , grow

An ~ began to form in his mind.

▪ flow

His ~s flowed faster than he could express them.

▪ come from sb/sth , date back from sth , date back to sth , originate , start , stem from sth

The ~ for the Olympics originated with Pierre de Coubertin.

▪ work , work out

That ~ didn't work out so well.

▪ lead

The ~ eventually led to the invention of the telephone.

▪ come to nothing

PREPOSITION

▪ ~ about

I have an ~ about how to tackle the problem.

▪ ~ for

We were asked to suggest ~s for improving efficiency.

▪ ~ of

She had the ~ of advertising on the Internet.

PHRASES

▪ be open to ~s

I don't know what to do, but I'm open to ~s.

▪ the germ of an ~

The germ of his ~ came from watching a bird make a nest.

▪ have other ~s

I wanted to take the week off, but my boss had other ~s.

▪ have the right ~

The party had the right ~, but failed to win over the voters.

▪ it might be an ~

It might be an ~ to leave a note on the door for Marcos.

2 thought/impression

ADJECTIVE

▪ clear , concrete , precise

▪ abstract

▪ theoretical

▪ basic , general , rough , vague

He gave me a rough ~ of what was wanted.

▪ central , key , main

The book introduces the key ~s of sociology.

▪ dominant

▪ fixed

▪ preconceived

▪ definite , firm , strong

She has very definite ~s about what kind of a job she wants.

▪ complex , difficult

▪ simple , simplistic

The movie is based on a simple ~, but a powerful one.

▪ conventional

▪ traditional

▪ radical , revolutionary

▪ contradictory

▪ erroneous , false , wrong

I don't want anyone getting the wrong ~ about me.

▪ funny , strange

▪ utopian

▪ romantic

People have a romantic ~ of the police force.

▪ newfangled

▪ outdated

▪ not the faintest , not the foggiest , not the slightest ( all informal )

I haven't the faintest ~ what she meant.

▪ artistic , economic , intellectual , moral , musical , philosophical , political , scientific

▪ feminist , nationalist , socialist , etc.

VERB + IDEA

▪ get

They got the ~ that we would be paying for them.

You'll soon get the ~ (= understand) .

▪ espouse , have , hold

He holds very different ~s to mine about discipline.

▪ develop , form , shape

the experiences that shaped her ~s

▪ introduce

▪ express

▪ communicate , convey , get across , get over , present , promote , put out there ( AmE )

It was a struggle to get our ~s across.

I wanted to put the ~ out there.

▪ demonstrate , explain , expound , illustrate

▪ clarify , formalize , formulate , organize , structure

Give careful thought to how to structure your ~s in the essay.

▪ reinforce , support

▪ change , reconsider , revise

They had to reconsider their ~s in the light of new evidence.

▪ accept , embrace , take up

▪ dismiss , reject

▪ challenge

These photographs challenge conventional ~s of beauty.

▪ harbour/harbor

I hope he's not still harbouring/harboring ~s about asking me out.

▪ be obsessed with

He's obsessed with the ~ of getting a motorcycle.

▪ relish

I don't relish the ~ of sharing an office with Tony.

IDEA + VERB

▪ amuse sb , appeal to sb , please sb

The ~ of going to his rescue amused her.

▪ catch on , take hold , take off

Some people started recycling, and the ~ caught on.

PREPOSITION

▪ ~ about

She has some funny ~s about how to motivate staff.

▪ ~ behind

The ~ behind the ceremony is to keep the gods happy to ensure a good crop.

▪ ~ of

Swimming in an icy river is not my ~ of fun.

Oxford Collocations English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь словосочетаний .