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ideal

adjective uk   /aɪˈdɪəl/ us  
B2 perfect, or the best possible: the ideal employer She's the ideal person (= exactly the right type of person) for the job. The television also comes in a compact 36 cm screen size, ideal for bedroom or kitchen use. It's the ideal opportunity to meet people. In an ideal world no one would go hungry.

ideal

noun uk   /aɪˈdɪəl/ us  

ideal noun (PRINCIPLE)

[C] a principle or a way of behaving that is of a very high standard: democratic ideals We are committed to the ideal of equality. They share the same high ideals.

ideal noun (PERFECT)

[S] a perfect thing or situation: The ideal would be to have a house in the town and one in the country.
(Definition of ideal from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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