conceive

verb
con·​ceive | \ kən-ˈsēv \
conceived; conceiving

Definition of conceive

transitive verb

1a : to become pregnant with (young) conceive a child
b : to cause to begin : originate a project conceived by the company's founder
2a : to take into one's mind conceive a prejudice
b : to form a conception of : imagine a badly conceived design cleverly conceived teleplays
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.

intransitive verb

1 : to become pregnant
2 : to have a conception usually used with of conceives of death as emptinessIt is hard to conceive of all the work that must have been involved in starting off from scratch.— Harold Fromm

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Other Words from conceive

conceiver noun

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think, conceive, imagine, fancy, realize, envisage, envision mean to form an idea of. think implies the entrance of an idea into one's mind with or without deliberate consideration or reflection. I just thought of a good joke conceive suggests the forming and bringing forth and usually developing of an idea, plan, or design. conceived of a new marketing approach imagine stresses a visualization. imagine you're at the beach 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
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The former prime minister then explained that NAFTA was originally conceived as an agreement between the U.S. and Mexico. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Why Brian Mulroney, Former Canadian Prime Minister, Will Speak at George H.W. Bush's Funeral," 4 Dec. 2018 Rekognition, though not widely employed by authorities across the U.S., has drawn scrutiny for being ill-conceived and poorly executed. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Can Anyone Stop Our Slide into Face-Scanning Dystopia?," 9 Nov. 2018 Before his vacation, Yarbrough tasked employees with conceiving a name. Carter Karels, San Antonio Express-News, "The Missions almost turned down Flying Chanclas idea," 25 May 2018 Lockheed Martin built the spacecraft for NASA, and one of its engineers conceived the TAGSAM mechanism. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "NASA’s daring asteroid mission unfurls its sampling arm for the first time," 16 Nov. 2018 Sayoc even seems to have stumbled across a Polish conspiracy news site, tweeting out a wildly false claim that Angela Merkel had been conceived using Adolf Hitler’s frozen sperm. Michael Biesecker, The Seattle Times, "Bomb suspect: Ex-stripper with cash problems, Trump devotion," 27 Oct. 2018 Ruth Whippman, a 44-year-old author based in northern California, conceived her second son, Zeph, through IVF. Elissa Strauss, Glamour, "The Great Frozen Embryo Debate," 11 Oct. 2018 The guts, though, are unlike any truck yet conceived. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "The Bollinger B1 Is What You'd Get If You Electrified a Land Rover," 28 Aug. 2018 Transitions: The transitions between scenes are smartly conceived and seamless. Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Born Yesterday' heroine calls her own shots in American Players Theatre remake," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of conceive

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for conceive

Middle English, from Anglo-French conceivre, from Latin concipere to take in, conceive, from com- + capere to take — more at heave

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conceive

verb

English Language Learners Definition of conceive

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

: to become pregnant

conceive

verb
con·​ceive | \ kən-ˈsēv \
conceived; conceiving

Kids Definition of conceive

1 : to form an idea of : imagine She is unable to conceive how it happened.
2 : think sense 1 He was generally conceived of as a genius.

conceive

verb
con·​ceive | \ kən-ˈsēv \
conceived; conceiving

Medical Definition of conceive

transitive verb

: to become pregnant with (young)

intransitive verb

: to become pregnant

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