Definition of conceive
1a : to become pregnant with (young) conceive a childb : to cause to begin : originate a project conceived by the company's founder
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.
1 : to become pregnant
2 : to have a conception —usually used with of conceives of death as emptiness It is hard to conceive of all the work that must have been involved in starting off from scratch. — Harold Fromm
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
Recent Examples of conceive from the Web
Cottonwood Canyon was originally conceived as a rustic high desert getaway, different from the other parks in the system.
They were conceived through a process that combines genetic screening with in vitro fertilization.
During every regular session of the Legislature, lawmakers introduce plenty of misguided, ill-conceived or just plain hapless bills.
Strickland’s ex-wife, now named Kimberly Day, gave birth to a son conceived with an anonymous sperm donor.
The mission was first conceived in 1958, the year NASA came into existence.
The fifth season of House of Cards, however, was written long before Trump and was conceived even earlier, as the plot was set up in the fourth season.
Starting with France's fearsome Char2c in the early 1920s and ending with the highly capable M1 Abrams battle tank in service today, tanks have become a fixture of the modern battlefield—and these are five of the biggest tanks ever conceived.
Realdoll was originally conceived by special-effects artist and sculptor Matt McMullen as a life-size, posable sculpture.
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Origin and Etymology of conceive
Middle English, from Anglo-French conceivre, from Latin concipere to take in, conceive, from com- + capere to take — more at heave
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of conceive
CONCEIVE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of conceive for English Language Learners
: to think of or create (something) in the mind
: to become pregnant
CONCEIVE Defined for Kids
Medical Definition of conceive
transitive verb: to become pregnant with (young)
intransitive verb: to become pregnant
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