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 conceptualization (audio) , -​chü-​ə-​ , -​chə-​lə-​ˈzā-​ , -​shwə-​lə-​ˈzā-​ \ noun
conceptualizer \ kən-​ˈsep-​chə-​wə-​ˌlī-​zər How to pronounce conceptualizer (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 Eliminationists of all stripes—whether of a conservative, liberal, libertarian, or environmental hue—conceptualize the human as an agent of quantifiable destruction. Aaron Timms, The New Republic, "Making Life Cheap," 18 May 2020 From Mediterraneans with arched windows in Tiburon, to rigid, ultra-modern designs in Wine Country, Heckmann conceptualizes homes that are unique, inviting and luxurious., "Designer Profile: Michael Heckmann, principal, Tiburon-based Heckmann Architects," 18 Dec. 2019 As at Folk and Marrow, the retail concept was already being discussed and conceptualized at SheWolf before COVID-19 hit, allowing the market side to launch quickly. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "High-profile metro Detroit restaurants selling groceries to stem losses from coronavirus," 2 Apr. 2020 In a week's time, Austin and her team had fully conceptualized a way to convert their brick-and-mortar space into a virtual model. Josh Rivera, USA TODAY, "Necessity and inventions: How these entrepreneurs are adapting to a pandemic," 27 Mar. 2020 Vanek appointed veteran instructor and coach Karl Schuld to conceptualize the class. cleveland, "Independence Middle School leadership classes inspire students, staff," 1 Mar. 2020 The siblings have put their collective creative experience to work, directing their own press shoots and conceptualizing their image alongside their sound. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Billboard Dance Emerging Artists: November 2019," 5 Nov. 2019 Magnus credited him with conceptualizing the company’s Jimmy V Week which raises money and awareness for cancer research. John Talty |, al, "ESPN names new executive to oversee SEC, ACC networks," 27 Feb. 2020 Engineered by the man who designed the AR 15, this takedown rimfire rifle was conceptualized as a survival gun for Air Force pilots. Outdoor Life, "The 10 Best Rimfire Rifles," 6 Sep. 2019

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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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25 May 2020

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“Conceptualize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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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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