con·​cept | \ ˈkän-ˌsept How to pronounce concept (audio) \

Definition of concept

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : something conceived in the mind : thought, notion
2 : an abstract or generic idea generalized from particular instances the basic concepts of psychology the concept of gravity



Definition of concept (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : organized around a main idea or theme a concept album
2 : created to illustrate a concept a concept car

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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

Examples of concept in a Sentence

Noun She is familiar with basic concepts of psychology. a concept borrowed from computer programming
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Although the concept behind the yield curve inversion is pretty simple, using that idea to predict the future is much less straightforward. Brad Mcmillan, Forbes, 10 Aug. 2022 The concept of it is funny and stupid, and its naming and the subsequent fascination with it are a distinctly beautiful aspect of living in New York. Serena Dai, Bon Appétit, 10 Aug. 2022 This concept of searching for the light amid the darkness is something Alkaaby has had to grapple with before. San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Aug. 2022 This concept of the middleman is what the modern-day music industry was built upon. Sidney Swift, Rolling Stone, 4 Aug. 2022 The concept of enshrining personhood into antiabortion policy isn’t new. María Luisa Paúl, Washington Post, 3 Aug. 2022 ExpressVPN decided to do some digging to see how welcome the concept is with employees and employers, by surveying 1,500 of each. Chandra Steele, PCMAG, 3 Aug. 2022 The concept of the whisper method is similar to that of telekinesis (bear with us). Anya Meyerowitz, Glamour, 2 Aug. 2022 The concept is the creation the Tillet sisters — 2022 Pulitzer Prize winner Salamishah Tillet, feminist activist, scholar, and writer and Scheherazade Tillet, a 2022 recipient of the Field Foundation’s Leaders for a New Chicago award. Darcel Rockett, Chicago Tribune, 2 Aug. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The approach is no different for the team behind Oceanside’s just-opened The Lab Collaborative (TLC), a multi-concept food and drink destination that opened Jan. 5 in downtown Oceanside. San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Mar. 2022 From March 25-27, Frame, a multi-concept restaurant in Hazel Park, will host Slavic Solidarity, an immersive dinner experience, featuring five courses of Ukrainian staples. Lyndsay C. Green, Detroit Free Press, 2 Mar. 2022 The Supper Club is the final piece of the 400-seat, three-story, multi-concept Twelve Thirty Club to open. Maya Kachroo-levine, Travel + Leisure, 25 Sep. 2021 The vast, multi-concept Italian dining destination closed in 2018, one of many restaurants that had tried and failed in the neighborhood over the past decade. San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 June 2021 This pre-concept-of-war GEM has somehow STILL never been lived in! Isabella Giovannini, The New Yorker, 2 Mar. 2021 Concept art showed a mystical, face-having tree looming over a parking lot full of ordinary looking sedans. Joanna Robinson, HWD, 14 July 2017 Concept art showed a mystical, face-having tree looming over a parking lot full of ordinary looking sedans. Joanna Robinson,, 14 July 2017 Concept cars are built to introduce bold ideas, practical and otherwise. The Washington Post, The Denver Post, 10 Jan. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of concept


1556, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1896, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for concept

Noun and Adjective

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

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con·​cept | \ ˈkän-ˌsept How to pronounce concept (audio) \

Kids Definition of concept

: something thought of : a general idea concepts of science


con·​cept | \ ˈkän-ˌsept How to pronounce concept (audio) \

Medical Definition of concept

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

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