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[ kuhn-seev ]

verb (used with object)

, con·ceived, con·ceiv·ing.
  1. to form (a notion, opinion, purpose, etc.):

    He conceived the project while he was on vacation.

  2. to form a notion or idea of; imagine.
  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 express, as in words.
  6. to become pregnant with.
  7. to beget.
  8. to begin, originate, or found (something) in a particular way (usually used in the passive):

    a new nation conceived in liberty.

  9. Archaic. to understand; comprehend.

verb (used without object)

, con·ceived, con·ceiv·ing.
  1. to form an idea; think (usually followed by of ).
  2. to become pregnant.


/ kənˈsiːv /


  1. whenintr, foll by of; when tr, often takes a clause as object to have an idea (of); imagine; think
  2. tr; takes a clause as object or an infinitive to hold as an opinion; believe
  3. tr to develop or form, esp in the mind

    she conceived a passion for music

  4. to become pregnant with (young)
  5. rare.
    tr to express in words

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Derived Forms

  • conˈceiver, noun
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Other Words From

  • con·ceiv·er noun
  • non·con·ceiv·ing noun adjective
  • re·con·ceive verb reconceived reconceiving
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Word History and Origins

Origin of conceive1

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English from Anglo-French, Old French conceivre, from Latin concipere “to take fully, take in,” equivalent to con- con- + -cipere, combining form of capere “to take”
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Word History and Origins

Origin of conceive1

C13: from Old French conceivre, from Latin concipere to take in, from capere to take
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Synonym Study

See imagine.
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Example Sentences

It was while taking one of Goldman’s theater classes that “Here I Am” was conceived.

In this radical new paradigm, robots are conceived and born rather than designed and manufactured.

As for people breastfeeding or hoping to get pregnant, Afshar says it’s totally okay to get the vaccine whenever it becomes available, and there’s no reason to wait to start trying to conceive or begin fertility treatments.

Originally conceived as a “small house”, it started morphing into a “huge palace,” Kolesnikov tells Navalny in the video.

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However we conceive of “us,” we have ample grounds for humility.

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“The issue was how to conceive what the show was going to look and feel like,” says McKenzie.

He even claims that hen partridges conceive just by smelling the scent of males.

These military men find it hard to conceive that there might be no real policy at all.

He also sounds better than the crossover children he helped conceive.

Last year, as I began to conceive a novel, set in shadowy Istanbul, about the sale of a gray market antiquity worth millions.

But these were to him things so obvious that he could not conceive any reasonable person doubting them.

Behold a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son and his name shall be called Emmanuel.

You shall conceive heat, you shall bring forth stubble: your breath as fire shall devour you.

I conceive that the strictest union of affection is requisite to conjugal felicity.

Let us enlarge our minds to grasp it, that we may, to some extent at least, conceive its greatness and appreciate its beauties.