Definition of ideate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    ideate

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈaɪdieɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈaɪdieɪt//
     
    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they ideate
    BrE BrE//ˈaɪdieɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈaɪdieɪt//
     
    he / she / it ideates
    BrE BrE//ˈaɪdieɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈaɪdieɪts//
     
    past simple ideated
    BrE BrE//ˈaɪdieɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈaɪdieɪtɪd//
     
    past participle ideated
    BrE BrE//ˈaɪdieɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈaɪdieɪtɪd//
     
    -ing form ideating
    BrE BrE//ˈaɪdieɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈaɪdieɪtɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[transitive] ideate something to form an idea of something; to imagine something
  2. 2[intransitive] to form ideas; to think
  3. Word Origin late 17th cent.: from medieval Latin ideat- ‘formed as an idea’, from the verb ideare, via Latin from Greek idea ‘form, pattern’, from the base of idein ‘to see’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: ideate