Translation of "idea" - English-Mandarin Chinese dictionary

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uk /aɪˈdɪə/ us /aɪˈdiː.ə/

idea noun (SUGGESTION)

A2 [ C ] a suggestion or plan for doing something

I've had an idea - why don't we go to the coast? 我有个主意——我们为什么不去海滨呢?
"Let's go swimming." "That's a good idea!" “我们去游泳吧。”“好主意!”
If you have any ideas for what I could buy Jack, let me know. 我给杰克买什么东西好,如果你有什么主意请告诉我。
That's when I first had the idea of starting (= planned to start) my own business. 那是我首次有了自己办企业的想法。
I like the idea of living in the countryside but I'm not sure I'd like the reality. 我觉得住在乡村的想法很好,但我不肯定是否喜欢这样一种现实。
She's full of bright (= good) ideas. 她满脑子好点子。
[ + to infinitive ] It was Kate's idea to hire bikes. 租自行车是凯特的主意。
It's not a good idea to drive for hours without a rest. 连续开车几个小时都不休息不是个好主意。

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idea noun (KNOWLEDGE)

B2 [ S or U ] an understanding, thought, or picture in your mind

Do you have any idea of what he looks like? 你知道他长什么样吗?
Can you give me an idea of the cost (= can you tell me approximately how it costs)? 你能告诉我费用大致是多少吗?
I don't like the idea of living so far away from my family. 我不喜欢生活在离家这么远的地方。
[ + question word ] I haven't the slightest/faintest idea where they've gone. 我根本不知道他们去了哪儿。
I've got a pretty good idea why they left early. 我很清楚他们为什么早早就离开了。

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idea noun (BELIEF)

B1 [ C ] a belief or opinion

We have very different ideas about disciplining children. 我们对于如何管教孩子看法大不相同。
[ + that ] Dr Leach puts forward the idea that it is impossible to spoil a child. 利奇提出的观点是,宠坏孩子是不可能的。
I'm not married - where did you get that idea (= what made you believe that)? 我没有结婚——你这想法是从哪儿来的?

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idea noun (PURPOSE)

C1 [ S ] a purpose or reason for doing something

The idea of the game is to get rid of all your cards as soon as you can. 游戏的目的是尽快出完手中的牌。
The whole idea (= only purpose) of advertising is to make people buy things. 广告的全部目的就在于让人买东西。
The idea behind the lottery is to raise money for good causes. 发行全国性彩票的目的在于为慈善事业筹款。

(Translation of “idea” from the Cambridge English-Chinese (Simplified) Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)