Definition of “concept” - English Dictionary

“concept” in British English

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conceptnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈkɒn.sept/ us /ˈkɑːn.sept/

B2 a principle or idea:

The concept of free speech is unknown to them.
It is very difficult to define the concept of beauty.
I failed to grasp the film's central concept.
Kleenbrite is a whole new concept in toothpaste!
not have any concept/have no concept of sth

to not understand about something:

I don't think you have any concept of the pain you have caused her.

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  • In this country, time is an elastic concept.
  • It is sometimes easier to illustrate an abstract concept by analogy with something concrete.
  • The whole concept of democracy, she claimed, was utterly foreign to the present government.
  • Many voters are staunch anti-federalists, opposed to the concept of regional government.
  • This is a very difficult concept to get hold of.

(Definition of “concept” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“concept” in American English

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conceptnoun [ C ]

us /ˈkɑn·sept/

a principle or idea:

He introduced the concept of selling books via the Internet.

(Definition of “concept” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

“concept” in Business English

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conceptnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈkɒnsept/ us

MARKETING an idea for a new product or a way to sell a product:

The finished product was very different from the original concept.

an idea, theory, etc. about a particular subject:

This course will acquaint you with the basic concepts of management
Product differentiation is an important concept in marketing.

(Definition of “concept” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)