[ 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.

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 reconceptualized

  • Within the context of the theory, the idea of outcomes has been reconceptualized as "values experienced in the nursing situation."

    Nursing as Caring|Anne Boykin

British Dictionary definitions for reconceptualized



/ (kənˈsɛptjʊəˌlaɪz) /


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

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Word Origin and History for reconceptualized



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

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