I want to say:

First, let's see what is the concept of (a word).

The question is how can I write this part of the sentence (let's see) in a formal manner?

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    Your sentence is not grammatical as written, so the contraction is the least of your worries. – tchrist Apr 23 '19 at 5:52
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    Formality is somewhat subjective. For instance, different people have different opinions about what's acceptable in an essay. There is no single rule that everybody follows. Perhaps it would be sufficient to avoid the contraction—and use let us see. (Although even that wouldn't be necessary in some cases.) Or, it could be rephrased as Step one is to identify the concept of [word]. But that's all stylistic and open to interpretation. – Jason Bassford Supports Monica Apr 23 '19 at 6:50

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