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 city was in the process of reimagining the very concept of crime and, by extension, who should be subject to incarceration. Sergio De La Pava, Harper's Magazine, "On Defense," 15 Sep. 2020 The character feels like a natural fit for Ant-Man, since Paul Rudd's Scott Lang introduced the concept of time travel via the Quantum Realm in Avengers: Endgame. Nick Romano, EW.com, "Lovecraft Country star Jonathan Majors joins next Ant-Man movie in major role," 14 Sep. 2020 To illustrate the concept of rhythm in-store, the Magnolia display team worked with yarns and fabrics. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Joanna Gaines Reveals Magnolia Market’s Fall Display," 11 Sep. 2020 While the league is still working out details of the plan with the players’ union, the concept and location of postseason bubbles have been decided. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, "M.L.B. Set to Hold Postseason at Neutral Sites," 10 Sep. 2020 Councilors, meanwhile, largely veered away from the concept of defunding the police — instead focusing on behavioral and mental health supports, retention of officers and some sort of solution for the city's rising homicide rates. Amelia Pak-harvey, The Indianapolis Star, "'Why give more money to brutalists?' Proposed Indianapolis police 2021 budget draws scrutiny," 10 Sep. 2020 And just last week, President Trump barred the federal government from holding employee trainings based on critical race theory and the concept of White privilege. Sam Dorman, Fox News, "College backtracks after designating separate discussion groups for White students and 'people of color'," 9 Sep. 2020 Police culture in America is dominated by the concept of police as warriors defeating crime. Daniel Nagin, Washington Post, "Guest Post: Constructing civility and trust between police and citizens," 9 Sep. 2020 That is because if the government is substituted as a defendant for Trump, it will be protected by the concept of sovereign immunity - which grants the government broad protection from lawsuit. Author: Devlin Barrett, Matt Zapotosky, Anchorage Daily News, "Barr blames ‘bizarre political environment’ for criticism of Justice Department intervention in Trump defamation suit," 9 Sep. 2020 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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18 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Concept.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/concept. Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for concept

concept

noun
How to pronounce concept (audio)

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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