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Definition of ideal adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1ideal (for something) perfect; most suitable This beach is ideal for children. She's the ideal candidate for the job. The trip to Paris will be an ideal opportunity to practice my French. It was not the ideal solution to the problem.
  2. 2[only before noun] existing only in your imagination or as an idea; not likely to be real the search for ideal love In an ideal world there would be no poverty and disease.
  3. NAmE//aɪˈdiəli//
    adverb She's ideally suited for this job. Ideally, I'd like to live in New York, but that's not possible.
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