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 surprisingly low-tech concept, called proning, can improve breathing in patients stricken by the respiratory distress that is the hallmark of the virus, doctors have found. Pam Belluck, New York Times, "Low-Tech Way to Help Some Covid Patients: Flip Them Over," 13 May 2020 TLC Vegan Kitchen V-Eats chef Troy Gardner’s latest vegan concept ― TLC Vegan Kitchen ― couldn’t have come at a better time. Dalila Thomas, Dallas News, "7 Dallas-area vegan restaurants with great grub to go," 11 May 2020 By gardening, smaller children are introduced to science and math concepts, and practice skills such as leadership and nurturing the planet, one carrot at a time. oregonlive, "Plants as science lessons: Kids learn with hands in the soil," 10 May 2020 The restaurant known for its Grippo fries and long, worthwhile waits is opening a second location at 2222 Dundee Road, replacing the co-owners' other concept, Migo. Dahlia Ghabour, The Courier-Journal, "Hammerheads owners are opening a second location and closing Migo for good," 6 May 2020 After dismissing the concept (because Ron Swanson marches to the beat of his own drum), Knope encouraged him to stick to the plan. Christina Dugan, PEOPLE.com, "Parks and Recreation Cast Reunites in (Paw)Knee-Slapping Benefit Special to Aid Coronavirus Relief," 30 Apr. 2020 Unlike Wright’s original concept, which emphasized natural light and space between desks, today’s open offices are often used to cram more employees into smaller spaces. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "Goodbye to open office spaces? How experts are rethinking the workplace.," 30 Apr. 2020 Palette opened about a year ago in SoMa with a high-concept vision merging restaurant, art gallery and retail space. Janelle Bitker, SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus prevents artsy San Francisco restaurant Palette from expanding," 21 Apr. 2020 Having enough understanding of the concept will promote financial inclusion and encourage institutions and individuals to come forward and improve their credit scores. Atrideb Basu, Quartz India, "E-shopping to mobile recharges, Indian banks have a wealth of data to check creditworthiness," 19 Apr. 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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17 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Concept.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/concept. Accessed 31 May. 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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