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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Unlike other components of fitness—like strength, balance, and flexibility—coordination is a bit nebulous and difficult to conceptualize. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Why Am I So Uncoordinated?," 29 June 2019 First conceptualized in 1969, ray-tracing technology has been used for years to simulate realistic lighting and shadows in the film industry. Boone Ashworth, WIRED, "What Is Ray Tracing? The Latest Gaming Buzzword Explained," 14 June 2019 Named after Bryan Kibble of the U.K.’s National Physical Laboratory (NPL), who conceptualized the device in 1975, a Kibble is an extremely accurate weighing machine. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "This Weird Machine Could Be the Most Accurate Measuring System Ever," 3 June 2019 Wheeler explains when talking about her journey towards conceptualizing ODDOBODY. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "A New Label Is Using Underwear to Help Women Take Better Care of Their Vulvas," 29 Apr. 2019 The right candidate will hold many of the same responsibilities as a full-time staff member, including conceptualizing art for stories, collaborating with the editorial and photo staff, and designing smart, attractive layouts. Good Housekeeping, "Internships at," 28 June 2010 Lowell McAdam, Verizon’s longtime CEO who conceptualized the AOL deal with Mr. Armstrong at a Sun Valley, Idaho, conference in 2014, retired from the top job at the end of July. Sarah Krouse, WSJ, "Verizon’s Internet Boss Tim Armstrong in Talks to Leave," 7 Sep. 2018 But the Back Room Shakespeare Project is conceptualizing a new image: no director, one rehearsal, a bar for a stage and free rein with the Bard. Nicole Blackwood,, "'Hamlet' by the Back Room Shakespeare Project is not your mother's Shakespeare," 6 June 2019 Through studying the most popular sports in the college pantheon — football and basketball — Marsden conceptualized how to turn gymnastics into a raucous spectator sport, one that could attract thousands of fans for every home meet. Dvorameyers, Longreads, "The Gymnast’s Position," 5 June 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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English Language Learners Definition of conceptualize

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

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