conceive
verb (conceived; conceiving) Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French conceivre, from Latin concipere to take in, conceive, from com- + capere to take — more at heave Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. a. to become pregnant with (young) <
conceive a child
>
b. to cause to begin ; originate <
a project conceived by the company's founder
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2. a. to take into one's mind <
conceive a prejudice
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b. to form a conception of ; imagine <
a badly conceived design
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3. to apprehend by reason or imagination ; understand <
unable to conceive his reasons
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4. to have as an opinion <
I cannot conceive that he acted alone
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intransitive verb 1. to become pregnant 2. to have a conception — usually used with of <
conceives of death as emptiness
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Synonyms: see thinkconceiver noun

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  • Conceive — Con*ceive , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Conceived}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Conceiving}.] [OF. conzoivre, concever, conceveir, F. concevoir, fr. L. oncipere to take, to conceive; con + capere to seize or take. See {Capable}, and cf. {Conception}.] 1. To… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Conceive — Con*ceive , v. i. 1. To have an embryo or fetus formed in the womb; to breed; to become pregnant. [1913 Webster] A virgin shall conceive, and bear a son. Isa. vii. 14. [1913 Webster] 2. To have a conception, idea, or opinion; think; with of.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • conceive — I (comprehend) verb absorb, accept, appreciate, apprehend, assimilate, conceptualize, conjure up, digest, discern, envisage, envision, fathom, figure out, form a conception, grasp, have an idea, ideate, image, imagine, know, perceive, picture,… …   Law dictionary

  • conceive — [v1] understand accept, appreciate, apprehend, assume, believe, catch, compass, comprehend, deem, dig, envisage, expect, fancy, feel, follow, gather, get, grasp, imagine, judge, perceive, realize, reckon, suppose, suspect, take, twig; concept 15… …   New thesaurus

  • conceive — late 13c., conceiven, take (seed) into the womb, become pregnant, from stem of O.Fr. conceveir (Mod.Fr. concevoir), from L. concipere (pp. conceptus) to take in and hold; become pregnant, from com , intensive prefix (see COM (Cf. com )), + comb.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • conceive — *think, imagine, fancy, realize, envisage, envision Analogous words: *consider, excogitate: speculate, cogitate, *think: *ponder, ruminate, meditate …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • conceive — ► VERB 1) become pregnant with (a child). 2) devise in the mind; imagine. ORIGIN Latin concipere, from capere take …   English terms dictionary

  • conceive — [kən sēv′] vt. conceived, conceiving [ME conceiven < OFr conceveir < L concipere (pp. conceptus), to take in, receive < com , together + capere, to take: see HAVE] 1. to become pregnant with; cause to begin life 2. to form or develop in… …   English World dictionary

  • conceive — con|ceive [kənˈsi:v] v [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: conceivre, from Latin concipere to take in, conceive , from com ( COM ) + capere to take ] 1.) [I and T] formal to imagine a particular situation or to think about something in a… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • conceive — [[t]kənsi͟ːv[/t]] conceives, conceiving, conceived 1) VERB: usu with brd neg If you cannot conceive of something, you cannot imagine it or believe it. [V of n/ ing] I just can t even conceive of that quantity of money... [V of n/ ing] He was… …   English dictionary

  • conceive — verb 1 (formal) think of/imagine ADVERB ▪ brilliantly, carefully, well ▪ The plan was brilliantly conceived. ▪ poorly ▪ broadly …   Collocations dictionary

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