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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

con•ceivekənˈsiv(v.)-ceived, -ceiv•ing.

  1. (v.t.)to form (a notion, opinion, purpose, etc.):

    He conceived the project while on vacation.

  2. to form a notion or idea of; imagine:

    Would you ever have conceived such behavior in public?

  3. to hold as an opinion; think; believe:

    I can't conceive that it would be of any use.

  4. to experience or form (a feeling):

    to conceive a great love for music.

  5. to become pregnant with.

  6. to begin, originate, or found (something) in a particular way (usu. used in the passive):

    a new nation conceived in liberty.

  7. Archaic. to understand; comprehend.

  8. (v.i.)to form an idea; think (usu. fol. by of).

  9. to become pregnant.

Origin of conceive:

1250–1300; ME < AF, OF conceivre < L concipere to take fully, take in =con-con - +-cipere, comb. form of capere to take


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"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. conceive(verb)ənˈsiv

    to imagine an idea or create a plan; = think of

    the first to conceive of the idea of lending books; I couldn't conceive why he would do it.

  2. conceiveənˈsiv

    to become pregnant

    ***couples who cannot conceive a child


  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

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

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

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to form (an idea etc) in the mind.

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