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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

con•cep•tion*kənˈsɛp ʃən(n.)

  1. the act of conceiving or the state of being conceived.

  2. fertilization; the formation of a zygote from the union of sperm and egg.

  3. a product of fertilization, as an embryo.

  4. a notion; idea; concept.

  5. something that is conceived:

    That theory is the conception of a genius.

  6. origination; beginning.

  7. a design; plan.

  8. the act or power of forming notions, ideas, or concepts.

* Syn: See idea.

Origin of conception:

1300–50; ME < L conceptiō <concep-, concipere (see conceive )


Princeton's WordNet

  1. concept, conception, construct(noun)

    an abstract or general idea inferred or derived from specific instances

  2. conception(noun)

    the act of becoming pregnant; fertilization of an ovum by a spermatozoon

  3. creation, conception(noun)

    the event that occurred at the beginning of something

    "from its creation the plan was doomed to failure"

  4. invention, innovation, excogitation, conception, design(noun)

    the creation of something in the mind


  1. conception(Noun)

    The act of conceiving.

  2. conception(Noun)

    The state of being conceived; the beginning.

  3. conception(Noun)

    The fertilization of an ovum by a sperm to form a zygote.

  4. conception(Noun)

    The start of pregnancy.

  5. conception(Noun)

    The formation of a conceptus or an implanted embryo.

  6. conception(Noun)

    The power or faculty of apprehending of forming an idea in the mind; the power of recalling a past sensation or perception; the ability to form mental abstractions.

  7. conception(Noun)

    An image, idea, or notion formed in the mind; a concept, plan or design.

  8. Origin: From conceptioun, from conception, from conceptio, from concipere, past participle conceptus; see conceive.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Conception(noun)

    the act of conceiving in the womb; the initiation of an embryonic animal life

  2. Conception(noun)

    the state of being conceived; beginning

  3. Conception(noun)

    the power or faculty of apprehending of forming an idea in the mind; the power of recalling a past sensation or perception

  4. Conception(noun)

    the formation in the mind of an image, idea, or notion, apprehension

  5. Conception(noun)

    the image, idea, or notion of any action or thing which is formed in the mind; a concept; a notion; a universal; the product of a rational belief or judgment. See Concept

  6. Conception(noun)

    idea; purpose; design

  7. Conception(noun)

    conceit; affected sentiment or thought


  1. Conception

    Conception is a power/progressive metal band from Raufoss, Norway.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'conception' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4713

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'conception' in Nouns Frequency: #1647

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the act of conceiving.

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