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concept

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noun con·cept \ˈkän-ˌsept\

Definition of concept

  1. 1 :  something conceived in the mind :  thought, notion

  2. 2 :  an abstract or generic idea generalized from particular instances the basic concepts of psychology the concept of gravity

Examples of concept in a Sentence

  1. She is familiar with basic concepts of psychology.

  2. a concept borrowed from computer programming

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Origin and Etymology of concept

Latin conceptum, neuter of conceptus, past participle of concipere to conceive — more at conceive

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

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concept

adjective con·cept

Definition of concept

  1. 1 :  organized around a main idea or theme a concept album

  2. 2 :  created to illustrate a concept a concept car

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Origin and Etymology of concept

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CONCEPT Defined for English Language Learners

concept

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Definition of concept for English Language Learners

  • : an idea of what something is or how it works

concept

adjective

Definition of concept for English Language Learners

  • : organized around a main idea or theme

  • : created to show an idea


CONCEPT Defined for Kids

concept

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noun con·cept \ˈkän-ˌsept\

Definition of concept for Students

  1. :  something thought of :  a general idea concepts of science


Medical Dictionary

concept

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noun con·cept \ˈkän-ˌsept\

Medical Definition of concept

  1. 1:  something conceived in the mind

  2. 2:  an abstract or generic idea generalized from particular instances



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