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Definition of ideal noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable] an idea or standard that seems perfect, and worth trying to achieve or obtain political ideals She found it hard to live up to his high ideals.
  2. 2[countable, usually singular] ideal (of something) a person or thing that you think is perfect It's my ideal of what a family home should be.
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