idea vs ideal : Common Errors in English

About idea vs ideal

Any thought can be an idea, but only the best ideas worth pursuing are ideals.

idea Meaning(s)

  • (n) the content of cognition; the main thing you are thinking about
  • (n) your intention; what you intend to do
  • (n) a personal view
  • (n) an approximate calculation of quantity or degree or worth
  • (n) (music) melodic subject of a musical composition

ideal Meaning(s)

  • (n) the idea of something that is perfect; something that one hopes to attain
  • (n) model of excellence or perfection of a kind; one having no equal
  • (s) conforming to an ultimate standard of perfection or excellence; embodying an ideal
  • (s) constituting or existing only in the form of an idea or mental image or conception
  • (a) of or relating to the philosophical doctrine of the reality of ideas

idea in News

  1. Idea Cellular Taps Syniverse for Roaming Solutions

    Tampa, Fla.-based Syniverse has a new multiyear deal with Idea Cellular for data clearing, financial clearing and fraud-prevention solutions.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: BillingWorld

  2. Camilla Benbow: Idea that college is unnecessary isn't smart

    When the media promote the idea that college isn't needed, they create an unfortunate narrative and do a disservice to many learners.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Tennessean

  3. New idea to connect I-75 to Cape Coral

    There's a new idea to connect Cape Coral to I-75. City leaders have dreamed of a direct gateway into the city and they continue to plan for one.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: NBC 2 Fort Myers

ideal in News

  1. Hill's(R) Ideal Balance(TM) Gets Tails Wagging in Washington, D.C.

    With the days getting longer and weather warmer, Hill's® Ideal Balance™ is getting back to nature with its pet food truck that is traveling across the country to deliver natural, healthy samples and memorable ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Marketwired via Yahoo! Finance

  2. Routt County firefighters working Black Forest Fire in Colorado Springs

    As ideal fire weather caused the Black Forest Fire to blow up Wednesday afternoon, a contingent of Routt County firefighters was arriving in the Colorado Springs foothills to help.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Steamboat Pilot & Today

  3. Krabi’s New Beachfront Villa Provides the Ideal Location for a Honeymoon in Paradise

    Krabi Riviera Co Ltd is delighted to present The Beach House, a stunning new luxury villa situated beside a small private beach with panoramic sea views. This beautiful new villa is ideal for newlywed couples wanting to share their honeymoon in an exotic location. (PRWeb June 12, 2013) Read the full story at
    on June 12, 2013 Source: PRWeb

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