from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A general idea derived or inferred from specific instances or occurrences.
- n. Something formed in the mind; a thought or notion. See Synonyms at idea.
- n. A scheme; a plan: "began searching for an agency to handle a new restaurant concept” ( ADWEEK).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An understanding retained in the mind, from experience, reasoning and/or imagination; a generalization (generic, basic form), or abstraction (mental impression), of a particular set of instances or occurrences (specific, though different, recorded manifestations of the concept).
- n. In generic programming, a description of supported operations on a type, including their syntax and semantics.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An abstract general conception; a notion; a universal.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A general notion; the predicate of a (possible) judgment; a complex of characters; the immediate object of thought in simple apprehension. Conception is applied to both the act and the object in conceiving; concept is restricted to the object.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an abstract or general idea inferred or derived from specific instances
Late Latin conceptus, from Latin, past participle of concipere, to conceive; see conceive.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin conceptus ("a thought, purpose, also a conceiving, etc."), from concipere, present active infinitive of concipiō ("to take in, conceive"); see conceive. (Wiktionary)