- 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
Synonyms for conceive
Examples from the Web for well-conceived
Contemporary Examples of well-conceived
Indeed, even the most well-conceived and precisely executed military campaign would have unintended consequences.Why Obama Won't Back a Strike on Iran
February 26, 2012
The fullness of life arrived through characters so well-conceived they were startling.David Mills' Gift to Television
April 5, 2010
Historical Examples of well-conceived
It was a well-conceived idea, but unfortunate for the Indian.The Scalp Hunters
Very dramatically told, and a well-conceived and thrilling narrative.Timar's Two Worlds
In an instant his well-conceived project had gone by the board.Cynthia's Chauffeur
They were treated, unexpectedly, to a well-conceived anticlimax.Hyacinth
George A. Birmingham
The situation is a well-conceived one, and described with spirit.
- (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 for conceive
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.