To form an idea of; imagine or conceive: "Such characters represent a grotesquely blown-up aspect of an ideal man . . . if not realizable, capable of being ideated" (Anthony Burgess).
v.intr. To conceive mental images; think.
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vb (tr) to form or have an idea of; to imagine or conceive
[from Medieval Latin ideat- formed as an idea, from ideare, from Greek idea model, pattern, notion]
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: to form an idea or conception of
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[transitive] ideate something to form an idea of something; to imagine something2 [intransitive] to form ideas; to thinkhttp://dictionary.oed.com/cgi/entry/50111183?...
1. trans. To form the idea of; to frame, devise, or construct in idea or imagination; to imagine, conceive. (In early use with reference to Platonic ‘ideas’: see IDEA n. 1.)
1610 DONNE Pseudo-Mart. 4 A State which Plato Ideated. Ibid. 248 As some Men have imagined..divers Idæas and so sought what a King, a General [etc.] should be, so these Men have Idæated what a Pope would be. 1656 SANDERSON Serm. (1689) 257 To quarrel at Gods gifts, if they be not such as we..have ideated unto ourselves. 1682 SIR T. BROWNE Chr. Mor. I. §28 Could we..apprehend the Ideated Man..we might..comprehend our present Degeneration. 1864 WEBSTER, Ideate..To apprehend in thought so as to retain and recall; to fix and hold in the mind. (Rare.) 1893 Nation (N.Y.) 2 Feb. 81/3 Whether the index we had ideated is possible or not.
2. absol. or intr. a. To form ideas, to think. b. To devise or invent something imaginary.
1862 LEWES in Blackw. Mag. (1884) Feb. 177/1 The reality is implied in the very fact of impressions and ideas: there is something which is impressed, something which feels, which ideates. 1888 J. B. SMITH Ideation (title-p.), Experimental Proof that..Insects ideate and intercommunicate by these radiant Ideas or Physical Images.
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#1 "Energizes you to uncover, ideate and surface new ideas, approaches, solutions"
—The Huffington Post, “Debbie Robins: CEOs: Heres One 4-Letter Word You Need to Start Using”
#2 "America is full of innovation and ideas when pressed, so innovate and ideate your butts off and build a better car, big three!"
—4:11 positrac outback, 750 double pumper, edelbrock intake
#3 "That the medical industry and it's supplier's, physicians, minion's and sycophants are not held in utter disrespect and beneath the position of the honest prostitute, or gambler, is beyond my poor ability to confabulate and/or ideate."
—Flash! How, Who, Why, Where, America Fell Apart And Who Is Going To Put It Back Together Again!
#4 "Collaboration - The next step would be for these online innovators to create content jointly or ideate on what they can work together - or to reach out to each other when faced with a external query not in their area of expertise."
—Gautam Ghosh on Human Resources
#5 "They should listen to drivers 'problems and ideate on how these places can be made more attractive."
#6 "The Summit will bring together STEM-related industry representatives, public and private educational agencies, philanthropic organizations and a wide cross-section of the greater STEM community to investigate, ideate and ultimately to ignite STEM education through imagination and innovation."
—ScienceBlogs Channel : Life Science
#7 "As we listed the company's history of new products and how those products met specific needs, we began to ideate around new food and beverage products."
—QSR Web News