What does conceive mean?

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kənˈsivcon·ceive

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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"

Wiktionary

  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.

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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Numerology

  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. Emeasoba George:

    Dare to envision (imagine or visualize) what your future life might be or become, as well envisage it i.e. regard or conceive it as a possibility and then live it out. I mean, get busy (work hard) towards it. For, you will surely and eventually realize or actualize it.

  2. Rene Descartes:

    One cannot conceive anything so strange and so implausible that it has not already been said by one philosopher or another.

  3. Jesse Louis Jackson:

    Today's students can put dope in their veins or hope in their brains. ... If they can conceive it and believe it, they can achieve it. They must know it is not their aptitude but their attitude that will determine their altitude.

  4. Anthony Trollope:

    As to that leisure evening of life, I must say that I do not want it. I can conceive of no contentment of which toil is not to be the immediate parent.

  5. Nicolas Boileau:

    Whatever we conceive well we express clearly, and words flow with ease.

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