Definition of conceptualize in English:


(also conceptualise)


  • Form a concept or idea of (something)

    ‘sex was conceptualized as an overpowering force in the individual’
    • ‘The idea of structuration provides a way of conceptualizing the relationship between mechanical and socially constructed systems.’
    • ‘They were conceptualized as an imaginary solution to the social problems faced by young, working-class men.’
    • ‘To try to conceptualise a parallel situation in Australia, imagine Kerry Packer becoming our Prime Minister.’
    • ‘The goal is to conceptualize the two intellectual activities as synergistic with ideas emerging from one and vitalizing the other.’
    • ‘Smell is simply ignored, of no relevance to conceptualising the object, formulating the idea, giving objective knowledge.’
    • ‘Plenty of folks do not need to be conceptualizing their own holiday greetings.’
    • ‘This is certainly an odd idea if being able to consciously conceptualize pain and death minimizes the pain relative to not being able to conceptualized pain and death.’
    • ‘Whereas with the second one, we really conceptualized it and had a pretty good idea of what we wanted to do.’
    • ‘They were each involved in different aspects of making and conceptualising art, but their ideas were growing and shifting.’
    • ‘Although theoretically sound, Myers' behavior analytic approach to conceptualizing violent relationships has received little attention in the partner violence literature.’
    • ‘We've batted around the same idea since 1990, when we first conceptualised a method to enhance the ability of a frail pensioner to remain in the family home for as long as possible.’
    • ‘Students played a large part in planning the conference and conceptualizing its themes.’
    • ‘By conceptualising things you have an incredible freedom.’
    • ‘Samit Ballal, who conceptualised the place, has conjured up the eclectic menu.’
    • ‘Specifically, the worrier must be able to envision, anticipate, or conceptualize future events.’
    • ‘In particular, the Iraqis, just like their elected leaders, seem to have problems conceptualizing the best constitutional structure for their nation.’
    • ‘In a culture which conceptualizes time as cyclic the idea of rebirth seems natural.’
    • ‘Although I am strictly adhering to the policy of no pre-writing, I have been conceptualizing my first post in my mind for days now.’
    • ‘Bronfenbrenner's revolutionary idea was to conceptualize human development as a nested series of influential factors.’
    • ‘By conceptualizing an artifact as a world, we can explore it as a space, story, or game, depending on its emphasis.’
    envisage, envision, conjure up, conjure up an image of, conjure up an picture of, picture in the mind's eye, picture, call to mind, see, imagine, evoke, fancy, dream about, dream up, fantasize about, conceptualize, conceive of, think about, contemplate
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