Definition of concept in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkänˌsept/


1An abstract idea; a general notion: structuralism is a difficult concept the concept of justice
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  • The effect of this is to deny pupils the ability to deal with difficult abstract concepts.
  • If this nation has any regard for the abstract concept of ‘justice’ then this practice must end.
  • In that profession you start with a blank sheet of paper and a concept or abstract idea.
theory, hypothesis;
belief, conviction, opinion;
image, impression, picture
1.1A plan or intention; a conception: the center has kept firmly to its original concept
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  • I think the impression of the completed film is the same as the original concept we had planned.
  • Formulating a design and a plan, from original concept to finished product, can take up to a week.
  • This process engages political processes to translate new concepts and plans into official policy.
1.2An idea or invention to help sell or publicize a commodity: a new concept in corporate hospitality
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  • He used good science as the foundation for a public policy solution and good marketing to sell the concept to community leaders.
  • These are marketing decisions and I would not presume to know which concepts sell and which are an anathema.
  • The concept would then be sold on to a suitable developer.
1.3 Philosophy An idea or mental picture of a group or class of objects formed by combining all their aspects.
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  • Society's use of a term partly determines the concepts of individuals in the society, even of such medically ignorant individuals as Bert.
  • The content of the dispositional concept thus presupposes the virtual-color concept.
  • It is essential to the concept of belief that there should be differences of opinion, so that we attribute false as well as true beliefs.
1.4 [as modifier] (Of a car or other vehicle) produced as an experimental model to test the viability of new design features.
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  • Generally, really good concept cars serve as models for much milder production vehicles at some point.
  • I have mentioned only a few of the multitude of new vehicles and concept cars that were on display, some of which you may already have seen at last year's Birmingham Motor Show.
  • I certainly see there is plenty of good automotive art in this mix of new models and concept wagons.


Mid 16th century (in the sense 'thought, frame of mind, imagination'): from Latin conceptum 'something conceived', from concept- 'conceived', from concipere (see conceive).

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Syllabification: con·cept

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