conception

noun
con·​cep·​tion | \ kən-ˈsep-shən How to pronounce conception (audio) \

Definition of conception

1a(1) : the process of becoming pregnant involving fertilization or implantation or both
(2) : embryo, fetus
b : beginning "Joy had the like conception in our eyes … "— William Shakespeare
2a : the capacity, function, or process of forming or understanding ideas or abstractions or their symbols He directed the project from conception to completion.
b : a general idea : concept We get the conception of an animal … by comparing different animals …— John Stuart Mill
c : a complex product of abstract or reflective thinking the philosopher's conception of reality
d : the sum of a person's ideas and beliefs concerning something his conception of the American dream
3 : the originating of something in the mind an artist's conception of how the city would look a hundred years from now

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from conception

conceptional \ kən-​ˈsep-​shnəl How to pronounce conceptional (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective
conceptive \ kən-​ˈsep-​tiv How to pronounce conceptive (audio) \ adjective

Choose the Right Synonym for conception

idea, concept, conception, thought, notion, impression mean what exists in the mind as a representation (as of something comprehended) or as a formulation (as of a plan). idea may apply to a mental image or formulation of something seen or known or imagined, to a pure abstraction, or to something assumed or vaguely sensed. innovative ideas my idea of paradise concept may apply to the idea formed by consideration of instances of a species or genus or, more broadly, to any idea of what a thing ought to be. a society with no concept of private property conception is often interchangeable with concept; it may stress the process of imagining or formulating rather than the result. our changing conception of what constitutes art thought is likely to suggest the result of reflecting, reasoning, or meditating rather than of imagining. commit your thoughts to paper notion suggests an idea not much resolved by analysis or reflection and may suggest the capricious or accidental. you have the oddest notions impression applies to an idea or notion resulting immediately from some stimulation of the senses. the first impression is of soaring height

Examples of conception in a Sentence

He directed the project from conception to production. the conception of a new device They have a clear conception of how the process works. a child's conception of responsibility They have very different conceptions of the proper role of government.
See More
Recent Examples on the Web That was my conception of the book from the outset. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "Former national security adviser Susan Rice coming to Detroit, Ann Arbor," 17 Jan. 2020 The common conception is that Darth Vader was redeemed by killing Palpatine in his last moments, and maybe the same holds true for his grandson. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Imagining a Better End to The Rise of Skywalker," 4 Jan. 2020 Since 9/11, those tasks include something akin to conversion: bringing our adversaries to embrace our own conception of what freedom entails, endorse liberal democracy, and respect women’s rights. Andrew J. Bacevich, Harper's magazine, "The Old Normal," 2 Mar. 2020 In its original conception, Galentine’s Day was created by Parks and Recreation’s Leslie Snope as a creative, lively celebration of lady friendships. Alison Medley, Houston Chronicle, "Toast to your besties! Houstonians celebrate Galentine’s Day at Karbach’s," 10 Feb. 2020 It should be noted that just because Emojipedia revealed its conception of a houseplant emoji, that doesn’t mean that’s what will show up on our phones next summer. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, "Plant Parents Rejoice: A New Houseplant Emoji Is Coming Soon," 4 Feb. 2020 In this conception, development was largely the outcome of sustainable increases in income levels in society. Nimi Hoffman, Quartz Africa, "The problem with economists using randomized trials in developing countries," 11 Dec. 2019 The first Girls United partner is Ulta Beauty, who in conjunction with ESSENCE chose six girls to participate in the conception, design, and creation of a collection that will launch in its stores nationwide later this summer. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "Girls United Celebrates The Fourth Of July With A Colorful Walk," 5 July 2019 There is some evidence that a healthy diet filled with fresh fruits, vegetables, and lean meats and fish can increase the chances of conception. oregonlive, "Dear Annie: Should I tell my neighbors to cover their 16-month-old’s head?," 30 Jan. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'conception.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of conception

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

History and Etymology for conception

Middle English concepcioun, from Anglo-French concepcion, from Latin conception-, conceptio, from concipere — see concept entry 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about conception

Time Traveler for conception

Time Traveler

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

See more words from the same century

Statistics for conception

Last Updated

25 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Conception.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/conception. Accessed 1 Apr. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for conception

conception

noun
How to pronounce conception (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of conception

: the process of forming an idea
: the process that occurs within a woman's body when she becomes pregnant
: an idea of what something is or should be

conception

noun
con·​cep·​tion | \ kən-ˈsep-shən How to pronounce conception (audio) \

Medical Definition of conception

1a : the process of becoming pregnant involving fertilization or implantation or both
2a : the capacity, function, or process of forming or understanding ideas or abstractions or their symbols
b : a general idea

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on conception

What made you want to look up conception? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

March 2020 Words of the Day Quiz

  • field of crocuses
  • Which is a synonym of rectitudinous?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!