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Definition of "conceptualize" [conceptualize]

  • To form a concept or concepts of, and especially to interpret in a conceptual way: "Efforts to conceptualize the history and structure of the universe were already running into trouble because . . . the universe was not as uniform as had been assumed” ( John Noble Wilford). (verb-transitive)
  • To form concepts. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "conceptualize" in a sentence
  • "Basically, the researchers decided at the end that they just need to "refine developmentally appropriate information with concrete instructions and role-plays" so that even the smallest children 5-7 years old will be able to "conceptualize" sexual abuse and accept that members of their own families might be abusers."
  • "I kind of conceptualize it as being triggering of a shift in attention that is problematic."
  • "The puzzle games challenge you dogs 'ability to conceptualize which is larger, smaller or different."