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Princeton's WordNet

  1. gestate, conceive, conceptualize, conceptualise(verb)

    have the idea for

    "He conceived of a robot that would help paralyzed patients"; "This library was well conceived"

  2. think, believe, consider, conceive(verb)

    judge or regard; look upon; judge

    "I think he is very smart"; "I believe her to be very smart"; "I think that he is her boyfriend"; "The racist conceives such people to be inferior"

  3. conceive(verb)

    become pregnant; undergo conception

    "She cannot conceive"; "My daughter was conceived in Christmas Day"


  1. conceive(Verb)

    To develop an idea.

  2. conceive(Verb)

    To understand someone.

  3. conceive(Verb)

    To become pregnant.

  4. Origin: From conceiven, from concevoir, concever, from concipere, from con- + capio. Compare deceive, perceive, receive.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Conceive(verb)

    to receive into the womb and begin to breed; to begin the formation of the embryo of

  2. Conceive(verb)

    to form in the mind; to plan; to devise; to generate; to originate; as, to conceive a purpose, plan, hope

  3. Conceive(verb)

    to apprehend by reason or imagination; to take into the mind; to know; to imagine; to comprehend; to understand

  4. Conceive(verb)

    to have an embryo or fetus formed in the womb; to breed; to become pregnant

  5. Conceive(verb)

    to have a conception, idea, or opinion; think; -- with of

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Conceive

    kon-sēv′, v.t. to receive into and form in the womb: to form in the mind: to imagine or think: to understand: to express.—v.i. to become pregnant: to think.—ns. Conceivabil′ity, Conceiv′ableness.—adj. Conceiv′able, that may be conceived, understood, or believed.—adv. Conceiv′ably.—adj. Conceived′, imagined, thought. [O. Fr. concever—L. concipĕre, conceptum, from con, and capĕre, to take.]

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'conceive' in Verbs Frequency: #779


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of conceive in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of conceive in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Plato:

    You cannot conceive the many without the one.

  2. Jonathan Swift:

    Nothing is so hard for those who abound in riches as to conceive how others can be in want.

  3. Ryan Reynolds:

    It's still so new that it's hard to conceive being away for more than seven hours at a time.

  4. Lin Yutang:

    This I conceive to be the chemical function of humor to change the character of our thought.

  5. Tom Witt:

    It's an outrage — an absolute outrage, i can conceive of no justifiable reason for doing this.

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From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • حبلArabic
  • разбирам, забременявам, замислям, забременея, схващамBulgarian
  • koncipovat, formulovat, otěhotnět, vymyslet, počít, chápat, pochopitCzech
  • forståDanish
  • ersinnen, schwanger werden, erdenken, verstehen, empfangen, konzipierenGerman
  • gravediĝi, koncipiEsperanto
  • concebirSpanish
  • käsitama, rasestumaEstonian
  • suunnitella, kehitellä, tulla raskaaksi, ymmärtääFinnish
  • concevoir, tomber enceinteFrench
  • teherbe esik, elképzel, megért, felfogHungarian
  • հղիանալ, հղանալArmenian
  • membayangkanIndonesian
  • concepireItalian
  • להרותHebrew
  • 妊娠, 孕む, 思い付く, おめでたJapanese
  • 배다Korean
  • concipio, teneoLatin
  • whakaira tangataMāori
  • zwanger wordenDutch
  • conceberPortuguese
  • забеременеть, беременеть, замышлять, зачать, пониматьRussian
  • shvatiti, zamisliti, začetiSerbo-Croatian
  • zanositiSlovene
  • krijoj, mendojAlbanian
  • anlamak, yaratmak, hamile kalmak, gebe kalmak, düşünmekTurkish

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