concept

[kon-sept]
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.
verb (used with object)
4.
Informal. to develop a concept of; conceive: Experts pooled their talents to concept the new car.

Origin:
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

concept, conception, inception.
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concept (ˈkɒnsɛpt)
 
n
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
 a.  the conjunction of all the characteristic features of something
 b.  a theoretical construct within some theory
 c.  a directly intuited object of thought
 d.  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
 
[C16: from Latin conceptum something received or conceived, from concipere to take in, conceive]

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concept
1550s, from M.L. conceptum "draft, abstract," in L. "(a thing) conceived," from pp. of concipere "to take in" (see conceive). In some 16c. cases a refashioning of conceit (perhaps to avoid negative connotations).
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concept con·cept (kŏn'sěpt')
n.

  1. An abstract idea or notion.

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

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