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 This concept of infobesity — or, in other words, information overload — has naturally come forth with the increasing digitization of the world. Gary Fowler, Forbes, 16 Sep. 2021 The exercise was designed to test a new naval operating concept, known as Distributed Maritime Operations, enabling fleet commanders to control carrier and amphibious groups, as well as individual ships, across vast areas. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 16 Sep. 2021 This concept – returning a proportion of the sale price to the artist – is known as the droit de suite, or artist’s resale right. Kathryn Graddy, The Conversation, 14 Sep. 2021 The concept, which was not described in detail in the poll, was especially popular with Democrats with 78% support and unaffiliated, independent voters at 58%. John Myers, Los Angeles Times, 13 Sep. 2021 The concept of agency—reacting effectively to immediate situations and planning for the future—and resilience are deeply anchored in the broad American persona. Dean Rotbart, Fortune, 10 Sep. 2021 Volvo’s luxury offshoot first turned heads with the Polestar 1 hybrid, and, more recently, the Precept concept, with its minimalist Scandinavian design, high-quality finishes and sustainable materials. Laura Burstein, Robb Report, 9 Sep. 2021 This announcement comes in the wake of the opening the bakery’s sister concept, Sugardough Bakehouse, last month in Audubon Park. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, 8 Sep. 2021 Also, in the video, there’s a rollable Samsung display concept. Chris Smith, BGR, 4 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The vast, multi-concept Italian dining destination closed in 2018, one of many restaurants that had tried and failed in the neighborhood over the past decade. San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 June 2021 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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“Concept.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/concept. Accessed 26 Sep. 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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