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conceptualize

[kuh n-sep-choo-uh-lahyz]
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verb (used with object), con·cep·tu·al·ized, con·cep·tu·al·iz·ing.
  1. to form into a concept; make a concept of.
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verb (used without object), con·cep·tu·al·ized, con·cep·tu·al·iz·ing.
  1. to form a concept; think in concepts.
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Also especially British, con·cep·tu·al·ise.

Origin of conceptualize

First recorded in 1875–80; conceptual + -ize
Related formscon·cep·tu·al·i·za·tion, nouncon·cep·tu·al·iz·er, nounre·con·cep·tu·al·i·za·tion, nounre·con·cep·tu·al·ize, verb (used with object), re·con·cep·tu·al·ized, re·con·cep·tu·al·iz·ing.
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  • The IMF is too restricted in both its ability to operate and in its ability to conceptualise and to innovate.

    After the Rain

    Sam Vaknin

  • The IMF is too restricted both in its ability to operate and in its ability to conceptualise and to innovate.

    After the Rain

    Sam Vaknin


British Dictionary definitions for conceptualise

conceptualize

conceptualise

verb
  1. to form (a concept or concepts) out of observations, experience, data, etc
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Derived Formsconceptualization or conceptualisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for conceptualise

v.

chiefly British English spelling of conceptualize; for suffix, see -ize. Related: Conceptualised; conceptualising.

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conceptualize

v.

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

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