verb con·ceive \kən-ˈsēv\

: to think of or create (something) in the mind

: to become pregnant


Full Definition of CONCEIVE

transitive verb
a :  to become pregnant with (young) <conceive a child>
b :  to cause to begin :  originate <a project conceived by the company's founder>
a :  to take into one's mind <conceive a prejudice>
b :  to form a conception of :  imagine <a badly conceived design>
:  to apprehend by reason or imagination :  understand <unable to conceive his reasons>
:  to have as an opinion <I cannot conceive that he acted alone>
intransitive verb
:  to become pregnant
:  to have a conception —usually used with of <conceives of death as emptiness>
con·ceiv·er noun

Examples of CONCEIVE

  1. When the writer conceived this role, he had a specific actor in mind to play the part.
  2. As conceived by the committee, the bill did not raise taxes.
  3. a woman who has been unable to conceive
  4. a woman who has been unable to conceive a child

Origin of CONCEIVE

Middle English, from Anglo-French conceivre, from Latin concipere to take in, conceive, from com- + capere to take — more at heave
First Known Use: 14th century


verb con·ceive \kən-ˈsēv\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of CONCEIVE

transitive verb
:  to become pregnant with (young)
intransitive verb
:  to become pregnant


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