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1.A thought or collection of thoughts that generate in the mind. An idea is usually generated with intent, but can also be created unintentionally. Ideas often form during brainstorming sessions or through discussions.
2.An impression or notion that tries to portray the overarching scope or outline. "Give me a general idea of how much the project will cost," refers to the fact that the supervisor needs a general estimate of how much the employee believes the project will cost.
3.An opinion or belief. "My idea is that a telephone call is more personal than email," represents an opinion of which method of communication is more personal.

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  • He had a brilliant idea regarding increasing sales in his company but it took the marketing team a number of months to implement it.

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  • When trying to figure out how to make an income while laid up with a broken leg, writing seemed my best idea.

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  • The tech company members had decided on an idea and now were brainstorming on how to further that idea and bring it to fruition in the real world.

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