con·​cep·​tu·​al·​ize kən-ˈsep-chə-wə-ˌlīz How to pronounce conceptualize (audio)
conceptualized; conceptualizing

transitive verb

: to form a concept of
conceptualize a new car design
especially : to interpret conceptually
conceptualizing reality
kən-ˌsep-chə-wə-lə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce conceptualize (audio)
kən-ˈsep-chə-wə-ˌlī-zər How to pronounce conceptualize (audio)

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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Word History


see conceptual

First Known Use

1878, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of conceptualize was in 1878

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“Conceptualize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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