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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
First recorded in 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 conceptualization
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  • Many of the steps of conceptualization are automatic, in part, if not wholly.

    The Mystery of Space Robert T. Browne
  • Perceptualization then will be replaced by conceptualization.

    The Mystery of Space Robert T. Browne
  • It is undoubtedly more reasonable and correct to believe that the powers of conceptualization are matters of evolutionary concern.

    The Mystery of Space Robert T. Browne
  • Having faculty share a story illuminates their conceptualization of the discipline.

    Nursing as Caring Anne Boykin
British Dictionary definitions for conceptualization


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 conceptualization

1866; see conceptual + -ization. Perhaps based on French conceptualisation (1862).



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

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