concept

noun
con·​cept | \ˈkän-ˌsept \

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

All this brings up an important concept that charitable donors should be more aware of: neglectedness. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "Why disaster relief is so hard," 23 Nov. 2018 His comments Thursday represent the first real criticism of the Gateway concept from a senior administration official. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Former NASA administrator says Lunar Gateway is “a stupid architecture”," 15 Nov. 2018 That’s when Samsung first released a concept video showing off a folding phone. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Unless Samsung is trolling us, a folding Galaxy phone is finally coming this week," 5 Nov. 2018 Your Kids To Work Day, but Nicole Kidman just took the concept to a whole new level. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "'Big Little Lies' Season 2 Will See Nicole Kidman's Daughters Show Up as Extras," 30 Oct. 2018 During a proof-0f-concept experiment, one drone wrapped itself around a handle and another pulled on the door. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Inspired by Wasps, This Micro-Drone Lifts 40 Times its Weight," 25 Oct. 2018 World-building has become a huge part of 2010s concept albums, with artists like Halsey sending out newspapers from the Hopeless Fountain Kingdom or My Chemical Romance continuing the story of Danger Days through a comic book. Paige Williams, Billboard, "Twenty One Pilots' 'Trench': Decoding the Clues They've Left About Their New Album," 12 July 2018 Hosk herself was introduced to the concept of the Fantasy Bra through Heidi Klum, who wore it three times during her tenure as an Angel. Ana Colón, Glamour, "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fantasy Bra," 6 Nov. 2018 This is the policy most often followed, though some countries adhere to the alternative concept of jus soli, or right of soil, which confers citizenship on a child according to the location in which they are born. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "What Happens to Babies Born on Planes," 26 Oct. 2018

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

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

Adjective

see concept entry 1

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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 \

Kids Definition of concept

: something thought of : a general idea concepts of science

concept

noun
con·​cept | \ˈkän-ˌsept \

Medical Definition of concept 

1 : something conceived in the mind

2 : an abstract or generic idea generalized from particular instances

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