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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
noun
1. (thought)
a. la idea
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(F)
The idea never entered my head that she could leave me one day.Ni se me pasó por la cabeza la idea de que un día pudiera dejarme.
2. (suggestion or plan)
a. la idea
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(F)
I have a lot of ideas that I would like to share.Tengo muchas ideas que quisiera compartir.
3. (opinion or belief)
a. la idea
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(F)
Where did you get those ideas from?¿De dónde has sacado esas ideas?
4. (aim)
a. la idea
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(F)
I bought the house with the idea of selling it for a profit in a few years' time.Compré la casa con la idea de venderla unos años más tarde y sacar un beneficio.
b. la finalidad
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(F)
What's the idea behind all those roundabouts?¿Cuál es la finalidad de todas esas rotondas?
5. (impression)
a. la idea
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(F)
I hope he didn't get the wrong idea.Espero que no se haya llevado una idea equivocada.
b. la impresión
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(F)
I had an idea that she wouldn't turn up.Tenía la impresión de que no iba a aparecer.
6. (understanding)
a. la idea
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(F)
You'll get a clearer idea if you read the book yourself.Tendrás una idea más clara si lees el libro tú misma.
7. (course of action)
a. la idea
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(F)
I don't think it's a good idea to get so close to the tiger's cage.No me parece buena idea acercarse tanto a la jaula del tigre.
8. (picture)
a. la idea
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(F)
I can't get a clear idea of the situation.No consigo hacerme una idea clara de la situación.
9. (approximation)
a. la idea
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(F)
Can you give me an idea of the estimated amount?¿Puede darme una idea de la cantidad aproximada?
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idea
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
Noun
1. (individual notion)
a. la idea
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(F)
what a good idea!¡qué buena idea!
what put that idea into your head?¿qué te metió esa idea en la cabeza?
the very idea!¡es el colmo!, ¡vaya idea!
2. (colloquial)
a.
what's the big idea?¿a qué viene esto?
3. (concept)
a. el idea f, concepto
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(M)
to have an idea that…tener la sensación de que…
her idea of a joke is…su idea de una broma es…
I had no idea that…no tenía ni idea de que…
can you give me an idea of how much it will cost?¿puede darme una idea de cuánto va a costar?
I thought the idea was for them to come herecreí que la idea era que ellos vinieran aquí
the general idea is to…la idea general es…
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idea [aɪˈdɪə]
noun
1 (thought, plan) idea (f)
it wasn't my idea no fue idea mía; that's the idea así es; the idea is to sell it la idea or el plan es venderlo; let's forget the whole idea olvidémonos de todo el asunto; I can't bear the idea (of it) solo de pensarlo me pongo mala
I've got a great idea I've lost interest in the whole idea I had to postpone ideas of a career and stay at home it's a good idea to book well in advance the idea came to me in the bath
it wouldn't be a bad idea to paint it no le vendría mal pintarlo
it might not be a bad idea to wait a few days puede que no sea mala idea esperar unos cuantos días
whose bright idea was it to come this way? ¿quién ha tenido la bonita or feliz idea de venir por aquí? (informal)
you'll have to buck up your ideas tendrás que menearte
the idea never entered my head ni se me pasó esa idea por la cabeza
to get an idea for a novel encontrar una idea para una novela
well, if you've got a better idea
don't go getting ideas (build up one's hopes) no te hagas ilusiones; (be presumptuous) no se te ocurra
don't go getting any ideas about her - she's married you needn't go getting ideas just because they've given you this promotion to get an idea into one's [head]
he got the idea into his head that they didn't like him se le metió en la cabeza (la idea de) que no les caía bien; once she gets an idea into her head there's no stopping her como se le meta una idea en la cabeza no hay quien se la quite
to get used to the idea of sth hacerse a la idea de algo
you'll love it once you get used to the idea it took me a while to get used to the idea I just couldn't get used to the idea of being alone
to give sb ideas meter ideas en la cabeza a algn
whatever gave you that idea? ¿como se te ha ocurrido semejante cosa?
good idea! ¡buena idea!
what a good idea! ¡qué idea más buena!
to have an idea tener una idea
I suddenly had the idea of going to see her de repente se me ocurrió ir a verla; de repente tuve la idea de ir a verla
Anne has an idea that might work
he hit on the idea of painting it red se le ocurrió pintarlo de rojo
to put ideas into sb's head meter ideas en la cabeza a algn
it's those friends of his putting ideas into his head why would they do that unless somebody put the idea in their heads? what on earth put that idea into your head? it has been suggested that she led the children or put ideas into their heads
the very idea!what an idea! ¡qué ocurrencias!
2 (understanding) idea (f)
by the end of the week you will have a clear idea of what your eating habits are this table will give you some idea of how levels of ability in foreign languages can be measured it gives you an idea of how much it will cost
have you any idea how ridiculous you look? ¿tienes idea de lo ridículo que estás?
I haven't the foggiest idea no tengo ni la menor or más remota or más mínima idea
what(ever) gave you that idea? ¿de dónde sacaste eso?
to get an idea of sth hacerse una idea de algo
I wanted to get an idea of the layout of the building if you go you might get an idea of what to expect /to get an idea of a stock's expected dividend yield/, simply divide the average annual dividends you expect to receive by the current market price of the stock
you're getting the idea (understanding) estás empezando a comprender; (getting the knack) estás cogiendo el tino or truco
I've got the general idea he comprendido la idea general; where did you get that idea? ¿de dónde sacaste eso?; don't get the wrong idea no malinterpretes la situación; many people have got the wrong idea about him mucha gente tiene un concepto equivocado de él
she's got the [right] idea - get someone else to do it the ancient cultures had the right idea when they buried a person's belongings alongside him your uncle's got the right idea in many ways but his execution of it is lousy to get the [wrong] idea I wouldn't want this to become known - people might get the wrong idea
I haven't the least idea no tengo ni la menor or más remota or más mínima idea
I've no idea! ¡ni idea!
it was awful, you've no idea no te puedes hacer una idea de lo horrible que fue; I had no idea that ... no tenía ni idea or la menor idea de que ...
he had no idea (of the answer)
I haven't the slightest idea no tengo ni la menor or más remota or más mínima idea
he has some idea of French tiene algo de idea de francés
3 (conception, notion) idea (f)
there may be some truth in the idea that ... puede que haya algo de cierto en la idea de que ...; she has some odd ideas about how to bring up children tiene unas ideas muy raras or una opinión muy rara de cómo criar a los niños
it wasn't my idea of a holiday no era la idea que yo tengo de unas vacaciones
if that's your idea of fun si eso es lo que tú entiendes por diversión
their idea of a vacation is a trip to a theme park my idea of physical perfection is to be very slender I really like the idea of helping people there may be some truth in the idea that reading too many books ruins your eyes
4 (vague idea) impresión (f)
to have an idea that ... tener la impresión de que ...
I have an idea that she was going to Paris tengo la impresión de que se iba a París
I had an idea that he joined the army later, after university, but I may be wrong
5 (purpose) intención (f); idea (f)
the whole idea of this trip was to relax la única intención or idea del viaje era relajarse; we went with the idea of meeting new people fuimos con la intención or idea de conocer a gente nueva
the idea is to lend money to home owners who are unable to move because their houses are worth less than their mortgages he sent for a number of books he admired, with the idea of re-reading them
what's the big idea? ¿a qué viene eso? (informal)
some of his ideas about democracy are entirely his own each party has its own ideas on how the conference should be set up
6 (estimate) idea (f)
can you give me a rough idea of how many you want? ¿puede darme una idea aproximada de cuántos quiere?
I need an idea of how many people are coming
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