con·​cep·​tu·​al·​ize | \ kən-ˈsep-chə-wə-ˌlīz How to pronounce conceptualize (audio) , -chü-ə-, -chə-ˌlīz, -shwə-ˌlīz \
conceptualized; conceptualizing

Definition of conceptualize

transitive verb

: 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 How to pronounce conceptualize (audio) , -​chü-​ə-​ , -​chə-​lə-​ˈzā-​ , -​shwə-​lə-​ˈzā-​ \ noun
conceptualizer \ kən-​ˈsep-​chə-​wə-​ˌlī-​zər How to pronounce conceptualize (audio) , -​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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Recent Examples on the Web Our team works in collaboration with a group of storied Culinary Advisors, including veteran pastry chefs from leading restaurant partners across NYC and beyond, to conceptualize new flavors. Abigail Abesamis Demarest, Forbes, "Meet Mochidoki: Maker Of Modern Mochi Ice Creams," 27 Apr. 2021 In 2019, Bryant met with a creative agency to potentially design and conceptualize a future series. oregonlive, "Explaining the end of Nike’s deal with Kobe Bryant’s estate," 20 Apr. 2021 But the horror of what we have been expected to live through, and what we are now expected to leave behind, seems too enormous to conceptualize. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, "America Has Pandemic Senioritis," 15 Apr. 2021 The new imperative is to quickly conceptualize, test, launch, and operationalize a series of smaller products and services targeted at specific segments of the market. Ron Shevlin, Forbes, "Embedded Fintech Versus Embedded Finance: Jumpstarting New Product Innovation In Banks," 12 Apr. 2021 Even though the great work of SAP has set the corporate tone; there is still a broader approach that is needed to conceptualize change. Jonathan Kaufman, Forbes, "Mindset Matters: Building A More Effective Corporate Culture For The Autism Revolution," 7 Apr. 2021 Gregg's popularity is sensical: Her trademark clown creations typically take up to six hours to conceptualize and create. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Avani Gregg’s Official Guide to Everyday Makeup," 23 Mar. 2021 The common way to conceptualize the Democratic Party is along an ideological spectrum, from centrists such as Janet Yellen and Joe Manchin in the middle to progressives such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders on the Left. Jay Cost, Washington Examiner, "Biden's challenge," 18 Feb. 2021 In 1986, the U.K. adopted needle exchange from the Dutch to fight AIDS, and people who use drugs and public health officials there began to conceptualize and spread the broader idea of harm reduction as a guiding principle. Maia Szalavitz/undark, Popular Science, "Shaming the public into smarter COVID-19 decisions won’t work. This will.," 10 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of conceptualize

1878, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for conceptualize

see conceptual

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The first known use of conceptualize was in 1878

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“Conceptualize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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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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