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

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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 That a golfer could win a major at 50 is less difficult to conceive of than what Brady is doing at his age in the NFL. Tim Cowlishaw, Dallas News, 27 May 2021 Voss is not the first to allege that a fertility doctor used his own sperm to conceive a child. Washington Post, 26 May 2021 The cicadas of Brood X come out of hibernation underground only once every 17 years in order to mate and lay new eggs in order to conceive the next generation of the brood before dying off. Carlie Porterfield, Forbes, 23 May 2021 In it, Alicia, the ex-wife of series stalwart Denise (Lena Waithe), embarks on a journey to conceive through in vitro fertilization. Aida Ylanan, Los Angeles Times, 23 May 2021 This is for one attempt to conceive using basic treatments. Tonya Russell, The Atlantic, 21 May 2021 In that spirit, Longfellow Rising has commissioned a local Native American artist, Angela Two Stars, to conceive an interactive public artwork that will stand across from the police station. Martin Kuz, The Christian Science Monitor, 19 May 2021 Art Gensler’s great accomplishment was to conceive something that in its own way was more profound — a new definition of what his profession could be. John King, San Francisco Chronicle, 11 May 2021 According to Ovid, Proteus had urged the virgin Thetis to conceive a child because she was destined to bear a son mightier than his father. Marina Warner, The New York Review of Books, 25 Mar. 2021

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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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5 Jun 2021

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“Conceive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/conceive. Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for conceive

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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