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"ideal" in British English

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idealadjective

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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idealnoun

uk   us   /aɪˈdɪəl/

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 Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"ideal" in American English

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idealadjective [not gradable]

 us   /ɑɪˈdil, --ˈdi·əl/

ideal adjective [not gradable] (PERFECT)

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

idealnoun

 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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