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 streaming shows are sort of about the concept of celebrity, but behind the snark there's a secret aspirational fairy tale: Imagine if famous people actually did save lives every day! Darren Franich, EW.com, "Whatever Happened to the Men of Tomorrow?," 12 Apr. 2021 And a freshman Republican state lawmaker in Ohio spoke out about the concept, saying more restrictions or mandates are not the answer to every covid-19 problem. Arkansas Online, "Vaccine passport efforts draw opposition from GOP lawmakers," 3 Apr. 2021 And a freshman Republican state lawmaker in Ohio spoke out about the concept, saying more restrictions or mandates are not the answer to every COVID-19 problem. BostonGlobe.com, "Vaccine passport efforts draw opposition from GOP lawmakers," 3 Apr. 2021 Many Asian families view mental health as a Western concept. Israa Nasir, SELF, "8 Tips for Talking About Mental Health With Your Asian Family," 2 Apr. 2021 Like much of life, Opening Day works best as a concept. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, "Paul Daugherty: Opening Day works best as a concept. Nothing wrong with that.," 1 Apr. 2021 His years of military service serve as a team concept for his operation that takes up a third floor suite on Paesanos Parkway. Vincent T. Davis, San Antonio Express-News, "Former Green Beret survived IED explosion in Afghanistan to own successful San Antonio real estate company," 22 Mar. 2021 But what has been revealed about the vehicle, which was unveiled as a concept last year, sounds mighty tantalizing. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, "BMW’s All-Electric 530 HP i4 Sedan Is Here—and It Has 300 Miles of Range," 17 Mar. 2021 While abolition is often seen as a U.S. concept, there is a long tradition of a U.K. movement, and the context of policing in both countries is quite different. Suyin Haynes, Time, "London Police's Treatment of Women at a Vigil Prompted Fury. Campaigners Say a Reckoning Is Overdue," 16 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective This pre-concept-of-war GEM has somehow STILL never been lived in! Isabella Giovannini, The New Yorker, "Zillow Listings for Earth," 2 Mar. 2021 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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16 Apr 2021

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“Concept.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/concept. Accessed 22 Apr. 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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