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See definition of main idea on Dictionary.com
  • as incentral idea
  • as inbottom line
  • as incore
  • as inessence
  • as inpoint

synonyms for main idea

  • basic idea
  • basic thought
  • central principle
  • central thought
  • main point
  • core
  • crux
  • essence
  • gist
  • heart
  • keynote
  • pith
  • point
  • substance
  • basic principle
  • basis
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How to use main idea in a sentence

If you have any thoughts of influencing me or my men to join the regular Confederate army, you may as well give up the idea.
THE COURIER OF THE OZARKSBYRON A. DUNN
His idea was that there would be ample time later to order a concentration on either wing or on the centre.
NAPOLEON'S MARSHALSR. P. DUNN-PATTISON
I cannot reconcile the idea of a tender Heavenly Father with the known horrors of war, slavery, pestilence, and insanity.
GOD AND MY NEIGHBOURROBERT BLATCHFORD
While Benjy sat contemplating this creature, and wondering what was to be the end of it all, a bright idea occurred to him.
THE GIANT OF THE NORTHR.M. BALLANTYNE
This was such a ridiculous idea that Davy threw back his head, and laughed long and loud.
DAVY AND THE GOBLINCHARLES E. CARRYL
On the contrary, the full meaning of the act is manifestly opposed to such an idea.
READINGS IN MONEY AND BANKINGCHESTER ARTHUR PHILLIPS
If I selected lucid and simple extracts, they would give no idea of the intricacy and prolixity of Duns.
THE MEDIAEVAL MIND (VOLUME II OF II)HENRY OSBORN TAYLOR
I had no idea who they were, as the Grand Duke was in morning costume, and had no star or decoration to distinguish him.
MUSIC-STUDY IN GERMANYAMY FAY
A second main division of our schooling was mathematical instruction of a sort.
THE SALVAGING OF CIVILISATIONH. G. (HERBERT GEORGE) WELLS
And it might be a good idea for you to give your men a gentle hint to keep their mouths closed about this affair—all of it.
RAW GOLDBERTRAND W. SINCLAIR
SYNONYM OF THE DAY
OCTOBER 26, 1985
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