con·​cep·​tu·​al·​ize | \kən-ˈsep-chə-wə-ˌlīz, -chü-ə-, -chə-ˌlīz, -shwə-ˌlīz\
conceptualized; conceptualizing

Definition of conceptualize 

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: to form a concept of conceptualize a new car design especially : to interpret conceptually conceptualizing reality

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conceptualization \ kən-​ˌsep-​chə-​wə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən , -​chü-​ə-​, -​chə-​lə-​ˈzā-​, -​shwə-​lə-​ˈzā-​ \ noun
conceptualizer \ kən-​ˈsep-​chə-​wə-​ˌlī-​zər , -​chü-​ə-​, -​chə-​ˌlī-​, -​shwə-​ˌlī-​ \ noun

Examples of conceptualize in a Sentence

She described her plans to me, but I found them hard to conceptualize. He conceptualizes the family as an economic unit. A programmer needs to analyze and conceptualize in order to solve problems.
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Users of the internet emphasize retrieving and manipulating information over contextualizing or conceptualizing its meaning. Henry A. Kissinger, The Atlantic, "How the Enlightenment Ends," 15 May 2018 But without a label, the phenomenon in question is usually harder to identify, conceptualize, understand, communicate, and remember. Tim Lomas,, "1,000 words for happiness," 1 July 2018 Galvanized by Shriver, who was John F. Kennedy’s sister, the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation covered most of the cost for the 1968 event conceptualized by Chicago Park District employees. Alice George, Smithsonian, "For 50 Years, the Special Olympics Has Given Marginalized Superstars Center Stage," 10 July 2018 Babies' optical nerves aren't fully formed right away and their brains need time to mature, a process that is actually pretty cool to think about, but hard to conceptualize. Sarah Schreiber, Good Housekeeping, "This GIF Shows Exactly What Babies See During Their First Year of Life," 19 Jan. 2017 Back in 1995, the event was originally conceptualized as a one-time weekend fête to honor Essence Magazine's 25th anniversary., "Half A Million People Went To Essence Festival — & These 25 Looks Stood Out," 10 July 2018 In fact, the most inspired work often blooms from the minds of young up-and-comers who are conceptualizing and producing 100 percent on their own terms. Reese Blutstein, Teen Vogue, "Blogger Reese Blutstein's Tips for Styling Summer Dresses," 22 May 2018 As if your high school self could have conceptualized 2016 politics! Kat Stoeffel, The Cut, "Howards End Is the Anti–Handmaid’s Tale," 17 May 2018 Austrian watchmaker Josef Pallweber conceptualized the idea of hours and minutes as digital displays on a pocket watch and patented the idea in 1883 before licensing it to IWC Schaffhausen. Laurie Brookins, The Hollywood Reporter, "Shopping the Carpet: Cate Blanchett Goes for Gender-Bending Glam Sunday in Cannes," 14 May 2018

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First Known Use of conceptualize

1878, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for conceptualize

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English Language Learners Definition of conceptualize

: to form (an idea, picture, etc.) of something in your mind

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