- The act or practice of envisioning things in an ideal form. (noun)
- Pursuit of one's ideals. (noun)
- Idealized treatment of a subject in literature or art. (noun)
- Philosophy The theory that the object of external perception, in itself or as perceived, consists of ideas. (noun)
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