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Syllabification: con·cep·tu·al·ize
Pronunciation: /kənˈsep(t)SH(əw)əˌlīz

Definition of conceptualize in English:


[with object]
Form a concept or idea of (something): we can more easily conceptualize speed in miles per hour
More example sentences
  • Bronfenbrenner's revolutionary idea was to conceptualize human development as a nested series of influential factors.
  • Specifically, the worrier must be able to envision, anticipate, or conceptualize future events.
  • Whereas with the second one, we really conceptualized it and had a pretty good idea of what we wanted to do.



Pronunciation: /kənˌsepCHo͞oələˈzāSHən/
Example sentences
  • Starting with a sketch or model to accompany their proposal, the students must work through their ideas from conceptualisation to materialisation.
  • Cash and his colleagues also lend support for the inclusion of the behavioral dimension in the conceptualization of body image.
  • The point to note is that these six dimensions were not specified at the outset: the link between conceptualization and measurement was an inductive one.


Example sentences
  • Some of these characterizations were used repeatedly across cases as problem identifiers and problem conceptualizers.
  • Historically, it is rare for a nation's grand strategy to emerge full blown from an individual conceptualizer's brow.
  • F.W.H. Myers perhaps was the most daring and comprehensive conceptualizer of psi.

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