- to form (a notion, opinion, purpose, etc.): He conceived the project while he was on vacation.
- to form a notion or idea of; imagine.
- to hold as an opinion; think; believe: I can't conceive that it would be of any use.
- to experience or form (a feeling): to conceive a great love for music.
- to express, as in words.
- to become pregnant with.
- to beget.
- to begin, originate, or found (something) in a particular way (usually used in the passive): a new nation conceived in liberty.
- Archaic. to understand; comprehend.
- to form an idea; think (usually followed by of).
- to become pregnant.
Origin of conceive
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Examples from the Web for conceived
“Sovereignty, I argued, cannot be conceived as the right to kill millions of innocent people,” Lemkin wrote in his notebooks.The Man Who Invented the Word ‘Genocide’
November 19, 2014
So Conte conceived of a solution: what if you built a website that connected potential patrons to content creators?Viral Video Pioneers: How Pomplamoose is Turning YouTube Stardom Into a Sustainable Profession
October 27, 2014
According to Travolta, quite a good chunk of the dance routine was conceived on the spot.The Secrets of ‘Pulp Fiction’: 20 Things You Didn’t Know About the Movie on Its 20th Anniversary
October 19, 2014
At first Wales and Sanger conceived of Wikipedia merely as an adjunct to Nupedia, sort of like a feeder product or farm team.You Can Look It Up: The Wikipedia Story
October 19, 2014
Nothing but a poetic kind of consciousness could have conceived of anything like this.Stephen King, “Falling,” and My Father’s Poetry
September 14, 2014
Too well knowing his advantages: yet those not what she had conceived them to be!Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
Such conduct is as wicked and dangerous to the state as any that can be conceived.A Theological-Political Treatise [Part III]
Benedict of Spinoza
For this is the way Shakespeare conceived jealousy and the only way.The Man Shakespeare
I had not conceived that such accommodation could have been found in Dublin.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
Then the pirates marched into the town, and what followed may be conceived.Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates
- (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
Word Origin and History for conceived
late 13c., conceiven, "take (seed) into the womb, become pregnant," from stem of Old French conceveir (Modern French concevoir), from Latin concipere (past participle conceptus) "to take in and hold; become pregnant," from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + comb. form of capere "to take," from PIE *kap- "to grasp" (see capable). Meaning "take into the mind" is from mid-14c., a figurative sense also found in the Old French and Latin words. Related: Conceived; conceiving.
- To become pregnant.
- To apprehend mentally; to understand.