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Princeton's WordNet

  1. gestate, conceive, conceptualize, conceptualiseverb

    have the idea for

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

  2. think, believe, consider, conceiveverb

    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. conceiveverb

    become pregnant; undergo conception

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


  1. conceiveverb

    To develop an idea.

  2. conceiveverb

    To understand someone.

  3. conceiveverb

    To become pregnant.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To CONCEIVEverb

    Etymology: concevoir, Fr. concipere, Latin.

    I was shapen in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me. Psalm li. 5.

    Nebuchadnezzar hath conceived a purpose against you. Jer.

    This kiss, if it durst speak,
    Would stretch thy spirits up into the air:
    Conceive, and fare thee well. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    If you compare my gentlemen with Sir John, you will hardly conceive him to have been bred in the same climate. Jonathan Swift.

  2. To Conceiveverb

    The griev’d commons
    Hardly conceive of me: let it be nois’d,
    That, through our intercession, this revokement
    And pardon comes. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    Conceive of things clearly and distinctly in their own natures; conceive of things completely in all their parts; conceive of things comprehensively in all their properties and relations; conceive of things extensively in all their kinds; conceive of things orderly, or in a proper method. Isaac Watts, Logick.

    The flocks should conceive when they came to drink. Gen.

    The beauteous maid, whom he beheld, possess’d:
    Conceiving as she slept, her fruitful womb
    Swell’d with the founder of immortal Rome. Addison.


  1. conceive

    Fertilisation or fertilization (see spelling differences), also known as generative fertilisation, syngamy and impregnation, is the fusion of gametes to give rise to a new individual organism or offspring and initiate its development. While processes such as insemination or pollination which happen before the fusion of gametes are also sometimes informally referred to as fertilisation, these are technically separate processes. The cycle of fertilisation and development of new individuals is called sexual reproduction. During double fertilisation in angiosperms the haploid male gamete combines with two haploid polar nuclei to form a triploid primary endosperm nucleus by the process of vegetative fertilisation.


  1. conceive

    To conceive means to form or develop an idea, thought, plan, or understanding in one's mind. It can also refer to the action of becoming pregnant or starting the process of producing a baby.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Conceiveverb

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

  2. Conceiveverb

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

  3. Conceiveverb

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

  4. Conceiveverb

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

  5. Conceiveverb

    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

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  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

Examples of conceive in a Sentence

  1. Tom Witt:

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

  2. Jonathan Swift:

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

  3. Teresa Taylor:

    I felt like I was a failure. I felt like I was alone. I felt like it was just me, it's supposed to be a natural thing that you conceive and give birth as a human being. You see bugs do it and animals do it and birds do it and so you're like :' Why can't I ?'.

  4. Plato:

    You cannot conceive the many without the one.

  5. Jamie Grifo:

    The social trend of delaying childbearing -- the older age of women when trying to conceive -- is the single biggest factor in infertility today.

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    proceed or issue forth, as from a source
    • A. loom
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