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[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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Historical Examples

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for conceptualization



  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 conceptualization


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

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

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