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 social-welfare maximization has been a cornerstone of economic thinking across the political spectrum for the past century. Lawrence B. Lindsey, WSJ, "Biden Taxes for Punishment’s Sake," 25 Apr. 2021 The concept is especially nebulous when dealing with a virus that can mutate into different forms. Colleen Shalby, Los Angeles Times, "Don’t put away your face masks. We may need them even as COVID-19 fades," 22 Apr. 2021 BrainTrust noted that the concept is in keeping with developments in other areas of apparel. George Anderson, Forbes, "Nike Refurbished Gets More Mileage Out Of Used Sneakers," 21 Apr. 2021 This concept isn’t anything new, the spa owner told me. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "A day at the spa: What a whirlpool for racehorses looks like on the Churchill Downs backside," 21 Apr. 2021 Hoppe said the round of investment points to how valuable the concept is, and how ready the industry is for disruption. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, "Birmingham tech firm raises $1 million in funding," 20 Apr. 2021 The concept of reasonableness has been crucial at trials of officers ever since the landmark Graham v. Connor ruling 32 years ago by the U.S. Supreme Court. Michael Tarm, Star Tribune, "EXPLAINER: Chauvin defense argues he acted reasonably," 19 Apr. 2021 The concept of a delivery-only restaurant isn’t new. Janelle Bitker, San Francisco Chronicle, "S.F. ghost kitchens are reinventing with millions of dollars. Will diners buy it this time?," 18 Apr. 2021 Development is usually about making profit and while philanthropic developments are happening, the concept is relatively new, Gamboa said. Megan Taros, The Arizona Republic, "A vice to something positive: Vacant south Phoenix liquor store will become space to benefit community," 16 Apr. 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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28 Apr 2021

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“Concept.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/concept. Accessed 8 May. 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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