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 bar cleansers certainly isn't new, but as brands become more mindful of packaging waste and water consumption, formulas that use less water are increasing in popularity. Nykia Spradley, Allure, 29 May 2021 The concept was already in the works pre-pandemic, but Núñez Vicente thinks the design lends itself to the current climate. Francesca Street, CNN, 28 May 2021 As Akamai has pointed out, the concept of the edge isn’t new — CDNs were the first edge network. R. Scott Raynovich, Forbes, 28 May 2021 Committee Chairman Steven Johnson, R-Wayland, said the concept of online appointments is excellent, but right now, offices need to make walk-in services available to those who need help immediately. Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press, 27 May 2021 The concept is the newest one from Six Forks Burger Co. owner Troy King, and serves french fries drenched in cheese and topped with protein and sauces. Dahlia Ghabour, The Courier-Journal, 27 May 2021 The concept of needing tools specifically to manage or improve my emotional and mental health was not only foreign, but therapy in particular had been positioned as a modality of whiteness. Joe Lynch, Billboard, 26 May 2021 The concept was the exact same: a flight simulation community that focused on realistic air traffic control that appealed to people of all skill levels. Aj Dellinger, Wired, 26 May 2021 The concept for my product is N95 mask integrity protection. BostonGlobe.com, 24 May 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, 2 Mar. 2021 Concept art showed a mystical, face-having tree looming over a parking lot full of ordinary looking sedans. Joanna Robinson, HWD, 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, 14 July 2017 Concept cars are built to introduce bold ideas, practical and otherwise. The Washington Post, The Denver Post, 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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3 Jun 2021

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“Concept.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/concept. Accessed 13 Jun. 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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