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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.Perfect and faultlessUnspoilt

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.Quality and standard

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.Perfect and faultlessUnspoilt
(Definition of ideal from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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