Simple Definition of conceive
: to think of or create (something) in the mind
: to become pregnant
Full Definition of conceive
1 a : to become pregnant with (young) <conceive a child> b : to cause to begin : originate <a project conceived by the company's founder>
3 : to apprehend by reason or imagination : understand <unable to conceive his reasons>
4 : to have as an opinion <I cannot conceive that he acted alone>
1 : to become pregnant
2 : to have a conception —usually used with of <conceives of death as emptiness>
Examples of conceive
When the writer conceived this role, he had a specific actor in mind to play the part.
As conceived by the committee, the bill did not raise taxes.
a woman who has been unable to conceive
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
Synonym Discussion of conceive
think, cogitate, reflect, reason, speculate, deliberate mean to use one's powers of conception, judgment, or inference. think is general and may apply to any mental activity, but used alone often suggests attainment of clear ideas or conclusions <teaches students how to think>. cogitate implies deep or intent thinking <cogitated on the mysteries of nature>. reflect suggests unhurried consideration of something recalled to the mind <reflecting on fifty years of married life>. reason stresses consecutive logical thinking <able to reason brilliantly in debate>. speculate implies reasoning about things theoretical or problematic <speculated on the fate of the lost explorers>. deliberate suggests slow or careful reasoning before forming an opinion or reaching a conclusion or decision <the jury deliberated for five hours>.
Rhymes with conceive
Medical Definition of conceive
: to become pregnant with (young)
: to become pregnant
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