[ kuh n-seev ]
/ kənˈsiv /

verb (used with object), con·ceived, con·ceiv·ing.

verb (used without object), con·ceived, con·ceiv·ing.

to form an idea; think (usually followed by of).
to become pregnant.

Nearby words

  1. concede,
  2. conceit,
  3. conceited,
  4. conceitedly,
  5. conceivable,
  6. concelebrant,
  7. concelebrate,
  8. concelebration,
  9. concent,
  10. concenter

Origin of conceive

1250–1300; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French conceivre < Latin concipere to take fully, take in, equivalent to con- con- + -cipere, combining form of capere to take

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British Dictionary definitions for conceive


/ (kənˈsiːv) /


(when intr, foll by of; when tr, often takes a clause as object) to have an idea (of); imagine; think
(tr; takes a clause as object or an infinitive) to hold as an opinion; believe
(tr) to develop or form, esp in the mindshe conceived a passion for music
to become pregnant with (young)
(tr) rare to express in words
Derived Formsconceiver, noun

Word Origin for conceive

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

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Medicine definitions for conceive


[ kən-sēv ]


To become pregnant.
To apprehend mentally; to understand.

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