Translation of "idea" - English-Traditional 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? 我有個主意——我們為甚麼不去海濱呢?
"Let's go swimming." "That's a good idea!" 「我們去游泳吧。」「好主意!」
If you have any ideas for what I could buy Jack, let me know. 我給傑克買甚麼東西好,如果你有甚麼主意請告訴我。
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創業的想法。
I like the idea of living in the countryside but I'm not sure I'd like the reality. 我覺得住在鄉村的想法很好,但我不肯定是否喜歡這樣一種現實。
She's full of bright (= good) ideas. 她滿腦子好點子。
[ + to infinitive ] It was Kate's idea to hire bikes. 租腳踏車是凱特的主意。
It's not a good idea to drive for hours without a rest. 連續開車幾個小時都不休息不是個好主意。

More examples

  • It was such a brilliant idea - a real stroke of genius.
  • I'll mention your ideas to Jacinta.
  • She has a lot of interesting ideas, but they're not very practical.
  • He had some crazy idea about turning waste paper into animal food.
  • It's a good idea to read up on a company before going for an interview.

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? 你知道他長甚麼樣子嗎?
Can you give me an idea of the cost (= can you tell me approximately how it costs)? 你能告訴我費用大概是多少嗎?
I don't like the idea of living so far away from my family. 我不喜歡住在離家這麼遠的地方。
[ + question word ] I haven't the slightest/faintest idea where they've gone. 我根本不知道他們去了哪裡。
I've got a pretty good idea why they left early. 我很清楚他們為甚麼早早就離開了。

More examples

  • I hadn't the slightest idea what he was talking about.
  • I've got a pretty good idea of how to get there.
  • I've no idea how to set about changing a tyre on a car.
  • Is that the time? I'd no idea it was so late.
  • She has a romantic idea of what it's like to be a struggling young artist.

idea noun (BELIEF)

B1 [ C ] a belief or opinion

We have very different ideas about disciplining children. 我們對於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. 利奇提出的觀點是,寵壞孩子是不可能的。
I'm not married - where did you get that idea (= what made you believe that)? 我沒有結婚——你這個想法是從哪裡來的?

More examples

  • Some people have the idea that national identity will be lost as a result of European integration.
  • I'm very much against the idea that it is the woman's job to bring up the child.
  • Do you agree with the idea that violence on television has a harmful effect on children?
  • Everyone has their own ideas about the best way to bring up children.
  • Lenin carried Marx's ideas a stage further by putting them into practice.

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. 遊戲的目的是盡快出完手中的牌。
The whole idea (= only purpose) of advertising is to make people buy things. 廣告的唯一目的就是讓人買東西。
The idea behind the lottery is to raise money for good causes. 發行全國性彩票的目的在於為慈善事業籌款。

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