Definitions for IDEALaɪˈdi əl, aɪˈdil

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

i•de•alaɪˈdi əl, aɪˈdil(n.)

  1. a conception of something in its perfection.

  2. a standard of perfection or excellence.

  3. a person or thing conceived as embodying such a conception or standard and taken as a model for imitation.

  4. an ultimate object or aim of endeavor, esp. one of high or noble character:

    to compromise one's ideals.

  5. something that exists only in the imagination.

  6. (adj.)conceived as constituting a standard of perfection or excellence:

    ideal beauty.

  7. regarded as perfect of its kind:

    an ideal spot for a home.

  8. existing only in the imagination; not real or actual.

  9. excellent; best.

  10. based upon an ideal or ideals.

  11. Philos. pertaining to a possible state of affairs considered as highly desirable. pertaining to or of the nature of idealism.

    Category: Philosphy

Origin of ideal:

1605–15; < LL ideālis

Princeton's WordNet

  1. ideal(noun)

    the idea of something that is perfect; something that one hopes to attain

  2. ideal, paragon, nonpareil, saint, apotheosis, nonesuch, nonsuch(adj)

    model of excellence or perfection of a kind; one having no equal

  3. ideal(adj)

    conforming to an ultimate standard of perfection or excellence; embodying an ideal

  4. ideal(adj)

    constituting or existing only in the form of an idea or mental image or conception

    "a poem or essay may be typical of its period in idea or ideal content"

  5. ideal, idealistic(adj)

    of or relating to the philosophical doctrine of the reality of ideas

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. ideal(adjective)ɪˈdi əl, aɪˈdil

    very suitable for a particular purpose

    shoes that are ideal for hiking

  2. idealɪˈdi əl, aɪˈdil

    completely perfect

    In an ideal world there would be no wars.

  3. ideal(noun)ɪˈdi əl, aɪˈdil

    a belief or principle

    political ideals


  1. ideal(Noun)

    A perfect standard of beauty, intellect etc., or a standard of excellence to aim at.

    Ideals are like stars; you will not succeed in touching them with your hands. But like the seafaring man on the desert of waters, you choose them as your guides, and following them you will reach your destiny - Carl Schurz

  2. ideal(Noun)

    A non-empty lower set (of a partially ordered set) which is closed under binary suprema (a.k.a. joins).

  3. ideal(Noun)

    A subring closed under multiplication by its containing ring.

    Let uE00025117uE001 be the ring of integers and let uE00025118uE001 be its ideal of even integers. Then the quotient ring uE00025119uE001 is a Boolean ring.

  4. ideal(Adjective)

    Optimal; being the best possibility.

  5. ideal(Adjective)

    Perfect, flawless, having no defects.

  6. ideal(Adjective)

    Existing only in the mind; conceptual, imaginary.

  7. ideal(Adjective)

    Not actually present, but considered as present when limits at infinity are included.

  8. Origin: From idéal, from idealis, from idea; see idea.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ideal(adj)

    existing in idea or thought; conceptional; intellectual; mental; as, ideal knowledge

  2. Ideal(adj)

    reaching an imaginary standard of excellence; fit for a model; faultless; as, ideal beauty

  3. Ideal(adj)

    existing in fancy or imagination only; visionary; unreal

  4. Ideal(adj)

    teaching the doctrine of idealism; as, the ideal theory or philosophy

  5. Ideal(adj)


  6. Ideal(noun)

    a mental conception regarded as a standard of perfection; a model of excellence, beauty, etc


  1. Ideal

    Ideal was one of the more successful German Neue Deutsche Welle music groups. It is best known for the songs "Blaue Augen", "Berlin", and "Monotonie".

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. ideal

    1. The dreams of a sin to come. 2. The mirage of failure. 3. The venom of the lost. 4. An excuse for murder, tyranny or for self-aggrandizement. 5. Any theory that justifies our secret itch.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'IDEAL' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2208

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'IDEAL' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2595

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'IDEAL' in Nouns Frequency: #2086

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'IDEAL' in Adjectives Frequency: #286

Anagrams of IDEAL

  1. ailed, Delia, ladie

Translations for IDEAL

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a person, thing etc that is looked on as being perfect

She was clever and beautiful; – in fact she was his ideal of what a wife should be.

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