noun con·cept \ˈkän-ˌsept\

: an idea of what something is or how it works

Full Definition of CONCEPT

:  something conceived in the mind :  thought, notion
:  an abstract or generic idea generalized from particular instances

Examples of CONCEPT

  1. She is familiar with basic concepts of psychology.
  2. a concept borrowed from computer programming

Origin of CONCEPT

Latin conceptum, neuter of conceptus, past participle of concipere to conceive — more at conceive
First Known Use: 1556

Synonym Discussion of CONCEPT

idea, concept, conception, thought, notion, impression mean what exists in the mind as a representation (as of something comprehended) or as a formulation (as of a plan). idea may apply to a mental image or formulation of something seen or known or imagined, to a pure abstraction, or to something assumed or vaguely sensed <innovative ideas> <my idea of paradise>. concept may apply to the idea formed by consideration of instances of a species or genus or, more broadly, to any idea of what a thing ought to be <a society with no concept of private property>. conception is often interchangeable with concept ; it may stress the process of imagining or formulating rather than the result <our changing conception of what constitutes art>. thought is likely to suggest the result of reflecting, reasoning, or meditating rather than of imagining <commit your thoughts to paper>. notion suggests an idea not much resolved by analysis or reflection and may suggest the capricious or accidental <you have the oddest notions>. impression applies to an idea or notion resulting immediately from some stimulation of the senses <the first impression is of soaring height>.



: organized around a main idea or theme

: created to show an idea

Full Definition of CONCEPT

:  organized around a main idea or theme <a concept album>
:  created to illustrate a concept <a concept car>

First Known Use of CONCEPT

CONCEPT Defined for Kids


noun con·cept \ˈkän-ˌsept\

Definition of CONCEPT for Kids

:  something thought of :  a general idea <concepts of science>
Medical Dictionary


noun con·cept \ˈkän-ˌsept\

Medical Definition of CONCEPT

:  something conceived in the mind
:  an abstract or generic idea generalized from particular instances


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