What does conceive mean?

Definitions for conceivekənˈsiv

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word conceive.

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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