from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. 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).
  • intransitive v. To form concepts.

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  • v. To interpret a phenomenon by forming a concept
  • v. To conceive the idea for something

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. to to form a concept of.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. have the idea for


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