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[kuh n-sep-choo-uh-lahyz] /kənˈsɛp tʃu əˌlaɪz/
verb (used with object), conceptualized, conceptualizing.
to form into a concept; make a concept of.
verb (used without object), conceptualized, conceptualizing.
to form a concept; think in concepts.
Also, especially British, conceptualise.
Origin of conceptualize
1875-80; conceptual + -ize
Related forms
conceptualization, noun
conceptualizer, noun
reconceptualization, noun
reconceptualize, verb (used with object), reconceptualized, reconceptualizing. Unabridged
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  • We have the opportunity to conceptualize a modern museum in the context of the future.
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  • It has to do with a limitation of our abilities to conceptualize.
  • But lately some brain researchers have another way to conceptualize the divided self.
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  • Often an owner is inspired by a theme and hires an architect to conceptualize it.
  • People don't consciously conceptualize it this way, but when it is deconstructed, these are the issues at stake.
  • The best way to conceptualize looting is as similar to pollution, a byproduct of the economics of the antiquities trade.
British Dictionary definitions for conceptualize


to form (a concept or concepts) out of observations, experience, data, etc
Derived Forms
conceptualization, conceptualisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for conceptualize

1892, from conceptual + -ize. Related: Conceptualized; conceptualizing.

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