Definition of conceive
1a : to become pregnant with (young) conceive a childb : 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 It is easy enough to conceive the notion that your island is a sort of fortress. — Paul Theroux
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 It is hard to conceive of all the work that must have been involved in starting off from scratch. — Harold Fromm
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
Origin and Etymology 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
CONCEIVE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of conceive for English Language Learners
: to think of or create (something) in the mind
: to become pregnant
CONCEIVE Defined for Kids
Medical Definition of conceive
transitive verb: to become pregnant with (young)
intransitive verb: to become pregnant
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