concept

noun
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

concept

adjective

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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Noun

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 The concept of what was beautiful was super-narrow. Brennan Kilbane, Allure, "Linda Wells on the Evolution of Beauty Journalism," 23 Feb. 2021 Though some research has found that coronaviruses like SARS CoV-2 tend to peak during the winter and decline after that, the concept of seasonality in relation to COVID-19 is still a bit opaque. Annie Vainshtein, San Francisco Chronicle, "Key reasons coronavirus cases are plunging across the Bay Area and California," 21 Feb. 2021 This proverb first appears in writing in 1772, but the concept is timeless. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "Want to Plant the Ultimate Survival Garden This Spring? You Better Start Planning Right Now," 19 Feb. 2021 The concept of being wrong about things in public has been on our minds lately. The Politics Of Everything, The New Republic, "Transcript: On Being Wrong," 17 Feb. 2021 The concept can be addictive as players level up and earn new gear to customize their heroes. Gieson Cacho Tribune News Service, Star Tribune, "'League of Legends: Wild Rift' headlines console-quality games coming to iPhone 12," 17 Feb. 2021 Listen, the concept of the 'bikini body' isn't real. Taylore Glynn, Marie Claire, "Why Susanne Kaufmann's Firming Body Duo Is Worth It," 17 Feb. 2021 Critics say the concept was nothing if not redolent of authoritarianism. New York Times, "The Haunted House of Soviets Gets a New Life," 16 Feb. 2021 The concept of a an RGB laptop isn't new at all, but putting it into your Thunderbolt 4 dock? Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Of course Razer's swanky new Thunderbolt 4 dock and laptop stand have RGB," 5 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Concept art showed a mystical, face-having tree looming over a parking lot full of ordinary looking sedans. Joanna Robinson, HWD, "Everything You Need to Know About Disney and Pixar’s Dazzling New Slate," 14 July 2017 Concept art showed a mystical, face-having tree looming over a parking lot full of ordinary looking sedans. Joanna Robinson, vanityfair.com, "Everything You Need to Know About Disney and Pixar’s Dazzling New Slate," 14 July 2017 Concept cars are built to introduce bold ideas, practical and otherwise. The Washington Post, The Denver Post, "Your car wants to say hello. And that’s only the start.," 10 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of concept

Noun

1556, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

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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The first known use of concept was in 1556

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27 Feb 2021

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“Concept.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/concept. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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More Definitions for concept

concept

noun

English Language Learners Definition of concept

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an idea of what something is or how it works

concept

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of concept (Entry 2 of 2)

: organized around a main idea or theme
: created to show an idea

concept

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

Kids Definition of concept

: something thought of : a general idea concepts of science

concept

noun
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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