A concept is a thought or idea. If you're redecorating your bedroom, you might want to start with a concept, such as "flower garden," or, if that's too femme, "black hole in outer space."
Word form: noun
Short description: an abstract or general idea inferred or derived from specific instances
Origin: It's a general idea about a thing or group of things, derived from specific instances or occurrences. It often applies to a theoretical idea in science: Einstein's contribution to the concept of relativity. Concept was borrowed from Late Latin conceptus, from Latin concipere "to take in, conceive, receive." A concept is an idea conceived in the mind. The original meaning of the verb conceive was to take sperm into the womb, and by a later extension of meaning, to take an idea into the mind.
- Reading about this concept online, photographer Albert Bonsfills felt an immediate draw to the subject, which he pursued with a trip to Tokyo.
- Can you explain the concept behind this volume of poetry?
- Virtual reality isn’t just a futuristic concept anymore, but an actual market.
- It is very difficult to define the concept of beauty.
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