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adjective ideal pronunciation in British English /aɪˈdɪəl/

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  1. 1
    of the best or most suitable type
    The fair provides an ideal opportunity for jobseekers and employers to meet.
    Upgrading your computer seems the ideal solution.
    I’m still several pounds above my ideal weight.
    ideal for: The sandy beaches are ideal for families with young children.
    far from ideal (=not very good): Conditions were far from ideal for racing.
  2. 2
    [only before noun] as good as you can imagine, and probably too good to be real
    They present themselves as an ideal family.
    In an ideal world there would be no poverty.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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