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idea

1. noun thought 2. noun COMM suggestion 3. noun knowledge, inkling 4. noun opinion, belief 5. noun impression, conception 6. noun aim, purpose 7. noun principle, notion
phrases
1 noun thought smaoineamh masc1  c m uthat's a good idea! sin smaoineamh maith!, sin an-smaoineamh!he had a brilliant idea bhuail smaoineamh iontach éI got an idea for a novel tháinig smaoineamh chugam le haghaidh úrscéilhe's the ideas man is eisean fear na smaointe, sin é fear na cruthaitheachtawhat an idea! a leithéid de smaoineamh!she's a woman of ideas bean mhór smaointe is ea í, bíonn an-smaointe aici to be full of ideas (also to be bursting with ideas) bheith lán le smaointe it wasn't my idea! ní mise a smaoinigh air!, ní mise a chuimhnigh air! whose idea was it to get the train? cé a dúirt gur cheart dul ar an traein?, cé a mhol dul ar an traein?the idea never entered my head that you'd do it níor smaoinigh mé riamh go ndéanfá é, is beag a shíl mé go ndéanfá éI hate the idea that I'll have to leave is fuath liom go gcaithfidh mé imeacht, is oth liom go mbeidh orm fágáilhe suddenly had the idea of leaving home go tobann rith sé leis an baile a fhágáil, shocraigh sé go tobann go bhfágfadh sé an bailewhat gave you the idea of starting a business? cad é a chuir i do cheann gnó a bhunú?, céard a spreag thú le gnó a bhunú?he couldn't bear the idea of losing her ní fhéadfadh sé an saol a shamhlú gan íI like the idea of spending the winter in Spain is maith liom an smaoineamh sin an geimhreadh a chaitheamh sa Spáinn 2 noun especially COMM suggestion moladh masc  c m ushe has some ideas for improving the show tá roinnt moltaí aici chun an seó a fheabhsúdo you have any new ideas? an bhfuil aon smaointe nua agat?, an bhfuil aon mholtaí nua agat?
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3 noun knowledge, inkling tuairim fem2  c m ubarúil fem3  c m u to give sb an idea of sth tuairim a thabhairt do dhuine faoi rud, barúil a thabhairt do dhuine ar rud I have some idea of what's going on tá leath-thuairim agam cad atá ag dul ar aghaidh, tá barúil de chineál éigin agam céard atá ag tarlúdo you have an idea of how many will be at the party? an bhfuil barúil ar bith agat cá mhéad duine a bheidh ag an gcóisir?, meas tú cá mhéad duine a bheidh ag an gcóisir?I gave him a general idea of what I wanted to do thug mé barúil dó den rud a bhí mé ag iarraidh a dhéanamhI'll give you a rough idea of how much it'll cost tabharfaidh mé barúil duit cá mhéad a bheidh air, tabharfaidh mé buille faoi thuairim duit cá mhéad a chosnóidh séhave you any idea of what he said? an bhfuil aon tuairim agat céard a dúirt sé? I have no idea where she's gone níl tuairim agam cá bhfuil sí imithe, níl barúil agam cár imigh sí I haven't the foggiest idea níl tuairim faoin spéir agam, níl barúil dá laghad agam, níl a fhios agam beo we had a very clear idea of what we had to do bhí sé an-soiléir dúinn céard a bhí le déanamh againn, ba léir dúinn go maith cad a bhí le déanamh againn 4 noun opinion, belief tuairim fem2  c m ubarúil fem3  c m usmaoineamh masc1  c m uhe has some strange ideas about education tá roinnt tuairimí aisteacha aige faoi chúrsaí oideachaisshe has her own ideas tá a cuid barúlacha féin aici, tá fios a haigne féin aicihere's my ideas on that seo iad na smaointe atá agam faoi sin, seo a cheapaimse faoi sin, seo mo bharúilse faoi sinI don't share your ideas on that subject níl mé ar aon intinn leat faoin gceist sin, níl mé ag teacht leat faoin gceist sinhe explained his ideas about the afterlife mhínigh sé an tuiscint atá aige ar an saol eile, mhínigh sé an léamh atá aige ar an saol eile 5 noun impression, conception tuairim fem2  c m ubarúil fem3  c m usmaoineamh masc1  c m uI had a vague idea of the project bhí leath-thuairim agam den tionscadal, bhí barúil agam cad a bhí sa tionscadalhe had a rough idea of what he wanted bhí barúil de shórt éigin aige céard a bhí uaidh that's not my idea of fun ní thabharfainnse craic air sin that's my idea of heaven neamh ar talamh domsa é sin, pléisiúr Dé atá ansin domsa 6 noun aim, purpose aidhm fem2  c m ucuspóir masc3  c m usmaoineamh masc1  c m uwhat's the idea behind this proposal? cén aidhm atá leis an moladh seo?, cad is bun leis an moladh seo? the idea is to cut costs is é atá i gceist ná costais a laghdú she bought the house with the idea of repairing it cheannaigh sí an teach agus rún aici é a dheisiú I had other ideas altogether bhí rud éigin eile ar fad ar intinn agamsa, bhí rún eile ar fad agamsa 7 noun principle, notion smaoineamh masc1  c m uidé fem4  c m unóisean masc1  c m uthe idea of democracy smaoineamh an daonlathaisidea of prayer idé na hurnaílet's kill the idea that wealth equals happiness caithimis uainn an smaoineamh gur ionann saibhreas agus sonas
phrases

to get the idea

do you get the idea? an dtuigeann tú?, an bhfeiceann tú an rud atá i gceist?I got the general idea thug mé bunús an scéil liom, thuig mé bunús an scéilwe got the idea that she wasn't too happy chonacthas dúinn nach raibh sí róshástaI got the idea that he'd be here today tuigeadh dom go mbeadh sé anseo inniu, cheap mé go mbeadh sé anseo inniushe got the idea into her head that I was against her chuir sí ina ceann é go raibh mé ina haghaidh

to get ideas

nóisin a bheith agatdon't get any ideas about the two of us! ná bíodh aon nóisin agat faoin mbeirt againne!

to get the wrong idea

don't get the wrong idea ná bíodh dul amú ort, ná bain an chiall chontráilte as seoI wouldn't want you getting the wrong idea about this níor mhaith liom go mbeadh míthuiscint ort faoi seo

to have an idea

(also

to have a good idea

) I had an idea he'd do that bhí tuairim agam go ndéanfadh sé é sin, bhí barúil agam go ndéanfadh sé é sinwe had a good idea that something happened bhí barúil mhaith againn gur tharla rud éigin

to have the bright idea of doing sth

(also

to come up with the bright idea of doing sth

) usually ironic who had the bright idea of doing that? cé aige a raibh an smaoineamh iontach é sin a dhéanamh?, cén t-amadán a smaoinigh air sin?

sb has the right idea

the French have the right idea tá an ceart ar fad ag na Francaigh

it's a good idea to do sth

(also

it's not a bad idea to do sth

, it might be an idea to do sth

) it's a good idea to book it in advance is maith an smaoineamh é a chur in áirithe roimh ré, is maith is fiú é a chur in áirithe roimh réit mightn't be a bad idea to speak to her first b'fhéidir nár mhiste labhairt léi ar dtúsit wasn't a good idea to eat all that chocolate b'amaideach an mhaise duit an tseacláid sin uilig a ithe

to put ideas into sb's head

(also

to give sb ideas

) smaointe a chur i gceann duineshe put the idea into my head ise a chuir i mo cheann é, ise a chuir chuige mé

sb's idea of a joke

is this someone's idea of a joke? an síleann duine éigin go bhfuil sé seo greannmhar?, an gceapann duine éigin go bhfuil sé seo barrúil?

that's an idea

(also

there's an idea

, that's not a bad idea

) sin smaoineamh maithnow there's an idea, Pádraig anois atá tú ag caint, a Phádraig; sin smaoineamh le dealramh, a Phádraig; ní drochsmaoineamh é sin, a Phádraig

that's the idea

1 acting correctly 'Do I sign here?' 'That's the idea.' 'An gcuirfidh mé m'ainm anseo?' 'Sin é é.' 2 understood correctly sin é ésin agat é

the idea!

(also

the very idea!

) a leithéid!She said that? The very idea! Dúirt sí é sin? A leithéid!

what's the idea?

(also

what's the big idea?

) cén diabhal atá ort?cén fáth a ndearna tú é sin?cad é a thug ort sin a dhéanamh?

where did you get that idea?

(also

what gave you that idea?

) cá bhfuair tú an tuairim sin?cad é a chuir an smaoineamh sin i do cheann?where did you get the idea that I did it? cén fáth ar cheap tú gur mise a rinne é?

you have no idea!

it was very difficult, you have no idea bhí sé an-deacair, níl barúil agat; bhí sé an-deacair, ní thuigfeá go brách é; ní chreidfeá cé chomh deacair agus a bhí sé

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