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 All the Kraftwerk catalogue albums were conceived and produced there. NBC News, "Florian Schneider, Kraftwerk cofounder, dies at 73," 6 May 2020 New moves are hardly a radical request for your typical musical revamp, but the choreography for West Side Story by Jerome Robbins, a dance and theater legend who also conceived and directed the show, is sacred. Brian Schaefer, Bloomberg.com, "Radical New West Side Story Paints an Angry Young America," 6 May 2020 Subsonic and Lost Paradise -- both festivals conceived in Sydney and staged in rural NSW bushland -- were called off due to the dangerous conditions. Jack Tregoning, Billboard, "Where to Dance In: Sydney," 19 Feb. 2020 The medical-device maker’s partner, the University of Minnesota, said in a release that the Coventor device, conceived by university researchers and an alumnus, is a low-cost backup alternative for doctors. Bailey Lipschultz, Bloomberg.com, "Boston Scientific Plans Ventilator at About 5% of Rivals’ Price," 28 Apr. 2020 First conceived in 1946 by Yale astrophysicist Lyman Spitzer, Jr., the Hubble Space Telescope took several decades to come to fruition, Ellen Gutoskey reports for Mental Floss. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "This NASA Website Shows What the Hubble Telescope Saw on Your Birthday," 23 Apr. 2020 The other option is to wait and start birth control until everything is up and running again, and possibly try to conceive the old fashioned way in the meantime. Sara Gaynes Levy, SELF, "‘It Feels Like Another Loss’: What It's Like to Pause Fertility Treatments Because of Coronavirus," 22 Apr. 2020 Modi's lockdown has been criticized as being ill-conceived and disproportionately affecting India's poor. NBC News, "Police get creative to stay safe and keep order as virus spreads," 4 Apr. 2020 Although Mina was able to conceive Jack easily, getting pregnant with a second child was much more difficult. Isabel Garcia, House Beautiful, "Good Bones Host Mina Starsiak Hawk Is Pregnant With her Second Child," 11 Mar. 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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21 May 2020

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“Conceive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/conceive. Accessed 28 May. 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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