[ kuh n-sep-choo-uh-lahyz ]
/ kənˈsɛp tʃu əˌlaɪz /

verb (used with object), con·cep·tu·al·ized, con·cep·tu·al·iz·ing.

to form into a concept; make a concept of.

verb (used without object), con·cep·tu·al·ized, con·cep·tu·al·iz·ing.

to form a concept; think in concepts.
Also especially British, con·cep·tu·al·ise.

Origin of conceptualize

First recorded in 1875–80; conceptual + -ize

OTHER WORDS FROM conceptualize

con·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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for conceptualization

  • 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
  • Perceptualization then will be replaced by conceptualization.

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

    Nursing as Caring|Anne Boykin
  • Many of the steps of conceptualization are automatic, in part, if not wholly.

    The Mystery of Space|Robert T. Browne

British Dictionary definitions for conceptualization



/ (kənˈsɛptjʊəˌlaɪz) /


to form (a concept or concepts) out of observations, experience, data, etc

Derived forms of conceptualize

conceptualization or conceptualisation, noun
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