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 ofconceives 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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Recent Examples on the Web During the filming of Love & Hip Hop: New York, Remy opened up about her struggles to conceive after suffering an ectopic pregnancy. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "So Many Blessings! Remy Ma And Papoose Are Expecting Another Baby," 6 July 2020 Hardesty plans to reconvene the large group that helped conceive Portland Street Response to figure out those questions. oregonlive, "Police cuts give Portland alternative first responder program a boost -- but can it respond to the moment?," 4 July 2020 But Trump appears unable to conceive of a national interest apart from his personal ones. Jonathan Zittrain, The Atlantic, "Twitter’s Least-Bad Option for Dealing With Donald Trump," 26 June 2020 Frustration with the narrow vision of mainstream publications is part of what inspired the chef and author Klancy Miller, who is black, to conceive of For the Culture, a biannual print magazine dedicated to celebrating black women in food and wine. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "The Table Stays White," 16 June 2020 The other has the uncanny ability to conceive and execute a story in the oddest of places. John Shea, SFChronicle.com, "Escape from Detroit: A Giants sweep, a superstorm and Willie Mays at 65 mph," 15 June 2020 Although the Galápagos, and their finches and great tortoises are closely connected in the popular imagination with the origins of his ideas about species change, Darwin did not conceive of his famous hypothesis on that visit. National Geographic, "Darwin's first—and only—trip around the world began a scientific revolution," 11 June 2020 But the country struggles to conceive a relationship that goes beyond economics, argues Ulrich Speck from the German Marshall Fund, a think-tank. The Economist, "Charlemagne Europe’s “Sinatra doctrine” on China," 11 June 2020 In recent years, this shortage of surrogate agencies has driven hundreds of couples who cannot conceive to turn to surrogates in Ukraine to have their children for them. NBC News, "How a Texas couple claimed their baby from Ukraine despite the coronavirus lockdown," 9 June 2020

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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 entry 1

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The first known use of conceive was in the 14th century

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“Conceive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/conceive. Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for conceive

conceive

verb
How to pronounce conceive (audio)

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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