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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (optimal)
a. ideal
En un mundo ideal no habría guerra.In an ideal world, there would be no war.
b. perfect
Si nos puedes recoger a las 8 am, eso sería ideal.If you could pick us up at 8 am, that would be perfect.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
masculine noun
2. (archetype)
a. ideal
El ideal de la belleza cambia de cultura a cultura.The ideal of beauty changes from culture to culture.
3. (goal)
a. aspiration
El ideal de todo ser humano debe ser ayudar a los demás.The aspiration of every human being should be to help others.
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
4. (principles)
a. ideals
El visionario siempre fue fiel a sus ideales, sin importar el costo.The visionary was always true to his ideals, no matter the cost.
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es el marido ideal he is the ideal husband; un mundo ideal an ideal world; nuestra casa ideal our dream house o home; lo ideal es poder hacerlo tú mismo ideally you would be able to do it yourself; the ideal thing is to be able to do it yourself; lo ideal sería que el aparcamiento fuera gratis ideally the parking would be free; the ideal thing would be for the parking to be free; lo ideal para ella sería un piso en el centro the ideal thing for her would be a flat in the centre of town
1 (modelo) ideal
el ideal de belleza masculina the ideal of masculine beauty
2 (deseo) ideal
mi ideal es vivir junto al mar my ideal is to live by the sea
3 ideales (valores) ideals
jóvenes sin ideales young people with no ideals
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