Meaning of IDEAL in English


/ aɪˈdiːəl; NAmE / adjective , noun

■ adjective


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.

■ noun


[ C ] an idea or standard that seems perfect, and worth trying to achieve or obtain :

political ideals

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.