conceive

verb
con·​ceive | \ kən-ˈsēv How to pronounce conceive (audio) \
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

Choose the Right Synonym for conceive

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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Even the most advanced power plant ever conceived — a massive experimental nuclear fusion project now under construction in France — is essentially just an exceedingly complex boiler. Tim Folger, Discover Magazine, "Steam Power: Still Moving Us, Even in the 21st Century," 30 June 2019 So, Veltman conceived an open-air structure that ingeniously comprised all of the above, tucked into one open-air space—topped with a dramatic roof by master thatcher Colin McGhee, who spent six weeks creating it with reeds imported from Turkey. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "A Delightfully Unique Poolhouse Designed for Hot Summers," 28 June 2019 Gnarlytown was well run and staffed and the music and action sports sest began and ended on time with an appropriate level of production that felt authentic and well-conceived. Dave Brooks, Billboard, "Pennywise, Rancid and Nitro Circus Get Gnarly in San Pedro at Gnarlytown," 26 June 2019 The director — who’s taking on Shakespeare here for the first time — also interpolates scenes of Duke Frederick and Co. back in court, conceived ingeniously (via what resemble film vignettes) behind the scrim that bears the Fragonard painting. James Hebert, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: ‘As You Like It’ zips along with elegance and wit in Old Globe’s Shakespeare Festival opener," 23 June 2019 If Adventure was a make-believe world conceived in familiarity, Good Faith is a true coming-of-age story, a walk through Madeon's hyper-saturated life. Kat Bein, Billboard, "'What I Made Before Was Fiction. Now, I'm Designing A Life': Madeon Discusses His New Album & Next Act," 21 June 2019 Coca-Cola’s Dasani PureFill station was conceived in 2016 in an innovation competition among the company’s staff. Jennifer Maloney, WSJ, "Coke and Pepsi Want to Sell You Bottled Water Without the Bottle," 21 June 2019 The seawall, conceived in the early 1990s to reclaim land for agriculture, is the country’s most famous white elephant. The Economist, "South Korea’s government wants greener energy. Who will pay for it?," 15 June 2019 The documentary was conceived in July, said Sara Sheehan, who made the series with her husband Bobby Sheehan. Erin Allday, SFChronicle.com, "Some stem cell experts want out of documentary after funding source revealed," 14 June 2019

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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 How to pronounce conceive (audio) \
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 How to pronounce conceive (audio) \
conceived; conceiving

Medical Definition of conceive

transitive verb

: to become pregnant with (young)

intransitive verb

: to become pregnant

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