fancy suggests an imagining often unrestrained by reality but spurred by desires.
fancied himself a super athlete
realize stresses a grasping of the significance of what is conceived or imagined.
realized the enormity of the task ahead
envisage and envision imply a conceiving or imagining that is especially clear or detailed.
envisaged a totally computerized operation
envisioned a cure for the disease
Examples of conceive in a Sentence
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
Recent Examples on the WebAthena was born via surrogate, following Menounos’ decade-long journey to conceive.—Charna Flam, Peoplemag, 8 Sep. 2023 Ostermeier’s version, conceived and directed by Ostermeier, originally produced at Schaubühne Berlin, was previously performed at London’s Barbican in 2014.—Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 5 Sep. 2023 The first and second African elephants in the world to be conceived and successfully born through artificial insemination were at the Zoo in 2000.—Cheryl V. Jackson, The Indianapolis Star, 5 Sep. 2023 Does birth control affect pregnancy and your ability to conceive?—Jennifer L. W. Fink, Parents, 2 Sep. 2023 Hormonal imbalances can lead to irregular menstrual cycles, infertility, and other issues that may affect your ability to conceive.—Lindsay Modglin, Health, 1 Sep. 2023 The inaugural academy actually took place in 2008, with Lucas Ordóñez as the victor, and was conceived by Darren Cox.—Emily Zemler, Los Angeles Times, 1 Sep. 2023 The process, conceived to reduce waste and salvage material, begins with the manual removal of zippers, closures and stitching on leftover garments and accessories like sweaters, gloves and scarves.—Laura Bannister Carla Valdivia Nakatani Jameson Montgomery Christopher Kuo Gisela Williams, New York Times, 31 Aug. 2023 The Buddhist pictured God the way Hindus conceived of Brahma or Shiva, or the ancient Greeks imagined Zeus or Athena, the former missionary says.—Peggy Fletcher Stack, The Salt Lake Tribune, 27 Aug. 2023 See More
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Middle English, from Anglo-French conceivre, from Latin concipere to take in, conceive, from com- + capere to take — more at heave entry 1