[ kon-sept ]
/ ˈkɒn sɛpt /
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a general notion or idea; conception.
an idea of something formed by mentally combining all its characteristics or particulars; a construct.
a directly conceived or intuited object of thought.
functioning as a prototype or model of new product or innovation: a concept car,a concept phone.
verb (used with object)
Informal. to develop a concept of; conceive: He concepted and produced three films.
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Origin of concept
1550–60; from Latin conceptum “something conceived,” originally 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
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British Dictionary definitions for concept
/ (ˈkɒnsɛpt) /
an idea, esp an abstract ideathe concepts of biology
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
- the conjunction of all the characteristic features of something
- a theoretical construct within some theory
- a directly intuited object of thought
- the meaning of a predicate
(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
Word Origin for concept
C16: from Latin conceptum something received or conceived, from concipere to take in, conceive
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