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 According to the mom-to-be, the couple struggled to conceive another baby and were inspired by new mom Hoda Kotb — who welcomed her daughter Haley Joy through adoption in February 2017 — to begin considering other options to expand their family. Kate Hogan, PEOPLE.com, "Chloë Sevigny, Tamron Hall & More Celebs Who Welcomed (& Are Expecting!) Children After 45," 7 Jan. 2020 With the exception of the illuminated crown of Salesforce Tower — a public art installation conceived and still being refined by local artist Jim Campbell — San Francisco’s most obvious example of the trend is Bay Lights. John King, SFChronicle.com, "San Francisco’s skyline has a holiday glow. It’s a global thing," 26 Dec. 2019 In his recent book The Political Theory of the American Founding, Thomas G. West of Hillsdale College surveys how the Founders conceived of law, natural rights, and the proper role of government. Jesse Merriam, National Review, "Regulate Pornography: See Centuries of State Obscenity Laws," 23 Dec. 2019 During the 35 years leading up to the 20th century, there were increasing numbers of persons who conceived and patented different types of flying machines, ranging from flying steamships to aircraft with flapping wings. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "The Long, Complicated History of the Very First Flight," 17 Dec. 2019 TheaterWorks’ artistic producer Rob Ruggiero conceived and directed the show, and makes a point of freshening it up. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, "Review: TheaterWorks’ ‘Christmas on the Rocks’ rocks even harder, bolder with ‘Love Boat’ bartender Ted Lange," 6 Dec. 2019 During a bottle episode in Season 20, Olivia and her colleagues engage in a passionate—and nuanced—debate about the sharp divisions between justice, as the system conceives it, and empathy. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "Olivia Ex Machina," 2 Dec. 2019 Ultimately freedom is, like race, something conceived and then practiced. Emily Bernard, Harper's magazine, "Autobiography of an Ex-Black Man," 25 Nov. 2019 Musical production conceived and directed by Tina Landau. BostonGlobe.com, "A crafty bit of self-justification by the creators of “The SpongeBob Musical’’? Maybe. The show Patrick is in could be seen as a hefty chunk of evidence for his thesis, though I would argue that “The SpongeBob Musical’’ is not truly mindless. But entertaining? Yes indeed.," 18 Oct. 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 entry 1

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

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16 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Conceive.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/conceives. Accessed 28 January 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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