Algebraic cobordism is the bigraded generalized cohomology theory represented by the motivic Thom spectrum $MGL$. Hence it is the algebraic or motivic analogue of complex cobordism. The $(2n,n)$-graded part has a geometric description via cobordism classes, at least over fields of characteristic zero.
Let $S$ be a scheme and $MGL_S$ the motivic Thom spectrum over $S$. Algebraic cobordism is the generalized motivic cohomology theory? $MGL_S^{*,*}$ represented by $MGL_S$:
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Let $S = Spec(k)$ where $k$ is a field of characteristic zero. A geometric description of the $(2n,n)$-graded part of algebraic cobordism was given by Marc Levine and Fabien Morel. More precisely, Levine-Morel constructed the universal oriented cohomology theory $\Omega^* : \Sm_k \to CRing^*$. Here oriented signifies the existence of direct image or Gysin homomorphisms for proper morphisms of schemes. This implies the existence ofChern classes for vector bundles.
(Levine-Morel). There is a canonical isomorphism of graded rings
where $\mathbf{L}^*$ denotes the Lazard ring with an appropriate grading.
(Levine-Morel). Let $i : Z \hookrightarrow X$ be a closed immersion of smooth $k$-schemes and $j : U \hookrightarrow X$ the complementary open immersion. There is a canonical exact sequence of graded abelian groups
where $d = \codim(Z, X)$.
(Levine-Morel). Given an embedding $k \hookrightarrow \mathbf{C}$, the canonical homomorphism of graded rings
is invertible.
(Levine 2008). The canonical homomorphisms of graded rings
are invertible for all $X \in \Sm_k$.
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Marc Levine, Girja Shanker Tripathi?, Quotients of MGL, their slices and their geometric parts, arXiv:1501.02436.
A discussion on MathOverflow:
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M. Levine, F. Morel, Oberwolfach Arbeitsgemeinschaft mit aktuellem Thema, April 2005 report, notes
A simpler construction was given in
A Borel-Moore homology? version of $MGL^{*,*}$ is considered in
The comparison with $MGL^{2*,*}$ is in
The construction was extended to derived schemes in the paper
The close connection of algebraic cobordism with K-theory is discussed in
An algebraic analogue of h-cobordism: