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

And yet some critics have already pounced on the premise of the show, suggesting that the very concept is flippant and insensitive. Daniel Arkin /, NBC News, "New game show 'Paid Off' offers chance to eliminate student loan debt," 10 July 2018 The concept of an authoritarian personality is controversial among academics, and the definition of the term has been contested and changed over time. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "The GOP Is Trump’s Personality Cult. Could Democrats Do the Same?," 27 June 2018 The concept is a growing trend among brands and social causes looking for new ways to promote their initiatives. National Geographic, "New Game Asks Players to Clean the Ocean of Plastic," 8 June 2018 The concept of zero is therefore an interesting test for the intelligence of animals. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "Buzzy for Nothing: Bees Understand What Zero Is," 7 June 2018 The details were malleable—but the concept was undeniably strong. Julie Miller, HWD, "Twenty Years Later, Everything Is The Truman Show," 5 June 2018 But Libra’s rep for harmonious ballroom interludes belies the hard work of reality checking our concepts of justice and alignment. Bess Matassa, Teen Vogue, "Weekly Horoscopes July 16-22," 13 July 2018 Their concept for the label surrounded two women living in a penthouse. Lindzi Scharf, latimes.com, "Attico designers take inspiration from 'Grey Gardens' as they build on their 'modern vintage' approach," 12 July 2018 For Crenn, her concepts are profitable, which draws the attention of Bay Area restaurant industry investors looking to expand brands. Justin Phillips, SFChronicle.com, "For Dominique Crenn, critical success leads to culinary freedom," 29 June 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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