Definition of concept noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈkɒnsept//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːnsept//
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an idea or a principle that is connected with something abstract concept (of something) the concept of social class concepts such as ‘civilization’ and ‘government’ He can't grasp the basic concepts of mathematics. concept (that…) the concept that everyone should have equality of opportunity a new concept in teaching see also proof of concept Word Originmid 16th cent. (in the sense ‘thought, imagination’): from Latin conceptum ‘something conceived’, from Latin concept- ‘conceived’, from concipere, from com- ‘together’ + capere ‘take’Word Familyconceive verbconceivable adjective (inconceivable)conceivably adverbconcept nounconception nounconceptual adjectiveExtra examples ‘Mental handicap’ should be replaced with the broader concept of ‘learning difficulties’. Culture is a fairly nebulous concept. He formulated the concept of imaginary time. Not all companies have embraced the concept of diversity in the workplace. She finds it difficult to grasp abstract concepts. Students must be able to apply classroom concepts to practical situations. Teachers should have a clear concept of what a multiracial society is. The book provides concrete interpretations of some rather abstract concepts. The concept of ‘adequate medical care’ is too vague. The concept of my book is very simple. The whole concept of responsibility was alien to him. the need to create new words to frame new concepts Industry has endorsed the concept that every young person should have the opportunity of work experience before leaving school. The concept of infinity is almost impossible for us to comprehend. We discussed concepts such as ‘democracy’ and ‘equality’. We need to instil in children basic concepts of right and wrong.
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