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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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 Telfar and Radboy conceptualized the event with the audience as part of the performance, having them stand outside the Serpentine Pavilion peering in through its slats to see the singers owning the space inside. Sarah Mower, Vogue, "Telfar Takes Over London’s Serpentine Gallery," 13 Aug. 2018 Clapton prefers to stay behind-the-scenes, conceptualizing and constructing the elaborate clothing worn by the actors who have turned characters like Sansa Stark and Jon Snow into household names. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "The Game of Thrones Costume Designer Claps Back at Kit Harington," 3 Apr. 2019 This position offers a great opportunity to see firsthand how recipes are conceptualized and developed for a national publication. Good Housekeeping, "Internships at," 28 June 2010 In December 2015, Yancey and others began visualizing, conceptualizing, and constructing Hondo. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "The A1000 Is Disney's Advanced Animatronic Bringing the Galaxy's Edge Star Wars Theme Park To Life," 28 Feb. 2019 This is where Imagineers conceptualize, plan, build, engineer, program, paint, costume, and test audio-animatronic figures that will end up in one of Disney’s 12 theme parks across the globe. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "The A1000 Is Disney's Advanced Animatronic Bringing the Galaxy's Edge Star Wars Theme Park To Life," 28 Feb. 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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