One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the idea of death scares her’
concept, notion, conception, conceptualization, thought, image, mental picture, visualization, abstraction, perception
2‘our idea is to open a new shop’
plan, design, scheme, project, proposal, proposition, suggestion, recommendation, aim, intention, objective, object, purpose, end, goal, target
3‘Elizabeth had other ideas on the subject’
thought, theory, view, viewpoint, opinion, feeling, outlook, belief, judgement, conclusion
4‘you had an idea that it might happen?’
sense, feeling, suspicion, fancy, inkling, hunch, understanding, theory, hypothesis, thesis, interpretation, assumption, presumption, supposition, surmise, postulation, conclusion, deduction, inference, notion, impression
5‘the idea of the letter was to get patients to protest’
purpose, point, aim, object, objective, goal, intention, end, end in view, design, reason, use, utility, sense, motive
6‘could you give me some idea of the cost?’
estimate, estimation, guess, approximation, conjecture, rough calculation, rough idea, surmise
North American informal a ballpark figure
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