follow Dictionary.com

Gray vs. grey? What's the difference?

concept

[kon-sept] /ˈkɒn sɛpt/
noun
1.
a general notion or idea; conception.
2.
an idea of something formed by mentally combining all its characteristics or particulars; a construct.
3.
a directly conceived or intuited object of thought.
adjective
4.
functioning as a prototype or model of new product or innovation: a concept car,
a concept phone.
verb (used with object)
5.
Informal. to develop a concept of; conceive:
He concepted and produced three films.
Origin of concept
1550-1560
1550-60; < Latin conceptum something conceived, orig. neuter of conceptus (past participle of concipere), equivalent to con- con- + cep- (variant stem of -cipere, combining form of capere to seize) + -tus past participle ending
Can be confused
concept, conception, inception.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for concept
British Dictionary definitions for concept

concept

/ˈkɒnsɛpt/
noun
1.
an idea, esp an abstract idea: the concepts of biology
2.
(philosophy) a general idea or notion that corresponds to some class of entities and that consists of the characteristic or essential features of the class
3.
(philosophy)
  1. the conjunction of all the characteristic features of something
  2. a theoretical construct within some theory
  3. a directly intuited object of thought
  4. the meaning of a predicate
4.
(modifier) (of a product, esp a car) created as an exercise to demonstrate the technical skills and imagination of the designers, and not intended for mass production or sale
Word Origin
C16: from Latin conceptum something received or conceived, from concipere to take in, conceive
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for concept
n.

1550s, from Medieval Latin conceptum "draft, abstract," in classical Latin "(a thing) conceived," from concep-, past participle stem of concipere "to take in" (see conceive). In some 16c. cases a refashioning of conceit (perhaps to avoid negative connotations).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
concept in Medicine

concept con·cept (kŏn'sěpt')
n.

  1. An abstract idea or notion.

  2. An explanatory principle in a scientific system. Also called conception.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for concept

All English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for concept

13
17
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with concept