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Meaning of “ideal” in the English Dictionary

"ideal" in British English

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uk   us   /aɪˈdɪəl/
B2 perfect, or the ​bestpossible: the ideal ​employer She's the ideal ​person (= ​exactly the ​righttype of ​person) for the ​job. The ​television also comes in a ​compact 36 cm ​screensize, ideal forbedroom or ​kitchen use. It's the ideal opportunity to ​meetpeople. In an ideal world no one would go ​hungry.

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uk   us   /aɪˈdɪəl/
(Definition of ideal from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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idealadjective [not gradable]

 us   /ɑɪˈdil, --ˈdi·əl/
perfect, or the ​bestpossible: In an ideal ​world, no one would go ​hungry.
adverb [not gradable]  us   /ɑɪˈdil·i, -ˈdi·ə·li/
This ​job is ideally ​suited to her ​skills.


 us   /ɑɪˈdil/
  • ideal noun (PRINCIPLE)

[C] a ​principle that sets a high ​standard for ​behavior: I ​think most ​peopleshare the same ideals and ​basicbeliefs.
  • ideal noun (PERFECT)

[U] a ​person, thing, or ​situation that is ​considered to be ​perfect: She’s my ideal of ​beauty.
(Definition of ideal from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “ideal”
in Korean 이상적인…
in Arabic مِثالي…
in Malaysian sempurna…
in French idéal…
in Russian идеальный…
in Chinese (Traditional) 完美的, 理想的…
in Italian ideale…
in Turkish uygun, mükemmel, ideal…
in Polish idealny…
in Spanish ideal…
in Vietnamese lý tưởng…
in Portuguese ideal…
in Thai ดีเลิศ…
in German ideal…
in Catalan ideal…
in Japanese 理想的な…
in Chinese (Simplified) 完美的, 理想的…
in Indonesian sempurna…
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