conceptualize

verb
con·​cep·​tu·​al·​ize | \ kən-ˈsep-chə-wə-ˌlīz, -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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Other Words from conceptualize

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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The shop was conceptualized by the exhibition curator and Marissa Harvey, the general merchandise and sourcing manager for the Met Museum Store. Micaela Marini Higgs, Vox, "The complicated relationship between art and commerce has a home in the museum gift shop.," 7 Nov. 2018 Getty Images As the brand's new head, Deacon oversees its core line and conceptualizes two collections a year (in addition to running his own couture business, of course). Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Designer Giles Deacon on His Aspinal of London Collection, the Royals, and Pippa Middleton," 9 Nov. 2018 To what extent are some of our difficulties figuring out how to conceptualize repentance, as a society, the result of lacking a cohesive, shared vocabulary within which to contextualize what forgiveness and repentance mean? Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "A scholar of forgiveness explains what makes a good public apology for sexual misconduct," 24 Sep. 2018 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, BostonGlobe.com, "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. refinery29.com, "Half A Million People Went To Essence Festival — & These 25 Looks Stood Out," 10 July 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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conceptualize

verb

English Language Learners Definition of conceptualize

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

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