Definition of ideal adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//aɪˈdiːəl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//aɪˈdiːəl//
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  1. 1  ideal (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 practise 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. Word Originlate Middle English (as a term in Platonic philosophy, in the sense ‘existing as an archetype’): from late Latin idealis, via Latin from Greek idea ‘form, pattern’, from the base of idein ‘to see’.Extra examples The hotel’s size makes it ideal for large conferences. The houses are absolutely ideal for families with young children. As a solution to the problem it was far from ideal. His apartment would be an ideal place to stay. She’s the ideal candidate for the job. The trip will be an ideal opportunity for you to practise your French. This job would be absolutely ideal for someone with an interest in local history.Idioms
    in an ideal/a perfect world
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    used to say that something is what you would like to happen or what should happen, but you know it cannot In an ideal world we would be recycling and reusing everything.
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