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conceive

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of conceive

  1. 1 to form a mental picture of it takes an idealist to conceive a world without war, and an activist to make it happen Synonyms of conceive conceit [chiefly dialect], imagine, conjure (up), dream, envisage, envision, fancy, fantasize, fantasy, feature, ideate, image, picture, see, vision, visualizeWords Related to conceive daydream, stargaze; hallucinate; re-create, reflect, relive, reminisce; contemplate, meditate, muse, ponder, ruminate; concoct, fabricate, invent, make up, manufacture, plan, project; foresee, prefigure

  2. 2 to have a clear idea of I cannot conceive the reason for such pointless vandalism Synonyms of conceive appreciate, apprehend, assimilate, behold, catch, catch on (to), cognize, compass, comprehend, cotton (to or on to), decipher, decode, dig, discern, get, grasp, grok, intuit, know, make, make out, perceive, recognize, register, savvy, see, seize, sense, tumble (to), twig, understandWords Related to conceive absorb, digest, take in; realize; fathom, penetrate, pierceNear Antonyms of conceive misapprehend, misconceive, misconstrue, misinterpret, misperceive, misread, mistake, misunderstandAntonyms of conceive miss

  3. 3 to have as an opinion I just can't conceive that he would have lied Synonyms of conceive allow [chiefly Southern & Midland], believe, consider, deem, esteem, feel, figure, guess, hold, imagine, judge, reckon [chiefly dialect], suppose, thinkWords Related to conceive regard, view; accept, perceive; depend, rely, trust; assume, presume, presuppose, surmise; conclude, deduce, inferNear Antonyms of conceive distrust, doubt, mistrust, question, suspect; disbelieve, discredit, reject

Synonym Discussion of conceive

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


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