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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.
1875-80; conceptual + -ize
Related forms
conceptualization, noun
conceptualizer, noun
reconceptualization, noun
reconceptualize, verb (used with object), reconceptualized, reconceptualizing. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for conceptualizing
  • They bring global experience conceptualizing and commercializing smart city solutions.
  • In the other hand, thinking is the specific result of an individual conceptualizing the culture or world.
  • Even being knocked out for surgery doesn't quite do it for me in conceptualizing total nothingness.
  • Much smarter people, who are actually good at this kind of conceptualizing, have already pronounced this as the height of lunacy.
  • They bring global experience conceptualizing and commercializing smart city solutions.
  • Experience with conceptualizing and developing logic models and theories-of-change.
  • Something must have happened between writing his first book and conceptualizing the second one.
  • Mechanics and even conceptualizing human being in mechanical terms doesn't rid us of this question.
  • They have provided new models for conceptualizing a mind as opposed to mere brain.
  • The importance of conceptualizing is that when a dish finally gets to the menu, you have had failure.
British Dictionary definitions for conceptualizing


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 conceptualizing



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

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