[kuh n-sep-choo-uh-lahyz]

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.

Nearby words

  1. conceptual realism,
  2. conceptualisation,
  3. conceptualise,
  4. conceptualism,
  5. conceptualization,
  6. conceptually,
  7. conceptus,
  8. concern,
  9. concerned,
  10. concerning

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. 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




to form (a concept or concepts) out of observations, experience, data, etc
Derived Formsconceptualization or conceptualisation, noun

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for conceptualization
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper