conceive


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con·ceive

 (kən-sēv′)
v. con·ceived, con·ceiv·ing, con·ceives
v.tr.
1. To become pregnant with (offspring): She conceived her first child in London, but her second child was conceived in Paris.
2. To form or develop in the mind: conceive a plan to increase profits; conceive a passion for a new acquaintance.
3. To apprehend mentally; understand: couldn't conceive the meaning of that sentence.
4. To be of the opinion that; think: didn't conceive that such a tragedy could occur.
5. To begin or originate in a specific way: a political movement that was conceived in the ferment of the 1960s.
v.intr.
1. To form or hold an idea: Ancient peoples conceived of the earth as flat.
2. To become pregnant.

[Middle English conceiven, from Old French concevoir, conceiv-, from Latin concipere : com-, intensive pref.; see com- + capere, to take; see kap- in Indo-European roots.]

con·ceiv′a·bil′i·ty, con·ceiv′a·ble·ness n.
con·ceiv′a·ble adj.
con·ceiv′a·bly adv.
con·ceiv′er n.

conceive

(kənˈsiːv)
vb
1. (when: intr, 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. (Physiology) to become pregnant with (young)
5. (tr) rare to express in words
[C13: from Old French conceivre, from Latin concipere to take in, from capere to take]
conˈceiver n

con•ceive

(kənˈsiv)

v. -ceived, -ceiv•ing. v.t.
1. to form (a notion, opinion, purpose, etc.): He conceived the project while on vacation.
2. to form a notion or idea of; imagine: Would you ever have conceived such behavior in public?
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 become pregnant with.
6. to begin, originate, or found (something) in a particular way (usu. used in the passive): a new nation conceived in liberty.
7. Archaic. to understand; comprehend.
v.i.
8. to form an idea; think (usu. fol. by of).
9. to become pregnant.
[1250–1300; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French conceivre < Latin concipere to take fully, take in =con- con- + -cipere, comb. form of capere to take]
con•ceiv′er, n.

conceive


Past participle: conceived
Gerund: conceiving

Imperative
conceive
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Present
I conceive
you conceive
he/she/it conceives
we conceive
you conceive
they conceive
Preterite
I conceived
you conceived
he/she/it conceived
we conceived
you conceived
they conceived
Present Continuous
I am conceiving
you are conceiving
he/she/it is conceiving
we are conceiving
you are conceiving
they are conceiving
Present Perfect
I have conceived
you have conceived
he/she/it has conceived
we have conceived
you have conceived
they have conceived
Past Continuous
I was conceiving
you were conceiving
he/she/it was conceiving
we were conceiving
you were conceiving
they were conceiving
Past Perfect
I had conceived
you had conceived
he/she/it had conceived
we had conceived
you had conceived
they had conceived
Future
I will conceive
you will conceive
he/she/it will conceive
we will conceive
you will conceive
they will conceive
Future Perfect
I will have conceived
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we will have conceived
you will have conceived
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Future Continuous
I will be conceiving
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Present Perfect Continuous
I have been conceiving
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Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been conceiving
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Past Perfect Continuous
I had been conceiving
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we had been conceiving
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Conditional
I would conceive
you would conceive
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Past Conditional
I would have conceived
you would have conceived
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we would have conceived
you would have conceived
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.conceive - have the idea for; "He conceived of a robot that would help paralyzed patients"; "This library was well conceived"
create by mental act, create mentally - create mentally and abstractly rather than with one's hands
design - conceive or fashion in the mind; invent; "She designed a good excuse for not attending classes that day"
preconceive - conceive beforehand; "a preconceived notion"
discover, find - make a discovery, make a new finding; "Roentgen discovered X-rays"; "Physicists believe they found a new elementary particle"
2.conceive - 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"
hold - remain committed to; "I hold to these ideas"
pass judgment, evaluate, judge - form a critical opinion of; "I cannot judge some works of modern art"; "How do you evaluate this grant proposal?" "We shouldn't pass judgment on other people"
rethink - change one's mind; "He rethought his decision to take a vacation"
think - dispose the mind in a certain way; "Do you really think so?"
look upon, regard as, repute, take to be, esteem, look on, think of - look on as or consider; "she looked on this affair as a joke"; "He thinks of himself as a brilliant musician"; "He is reputed to be intelligent"
feel - have a feeling or perception about oneself in reaction to someone's behavior or attitude; "She felt small and insignificant"; "You make me feel naked"; "I made the students feel different about themselves"
consider, regard, view, reckon, see - deem to be; "She views this quite differently from me"; "I consider her to be shallow"; "I don't see the situation quite as negatively as you do"
3.conceive - become pregnant; undergo conception; "She cannot conceive"; "My daughter was conceived in Christmas Day"
superfetate - conceive when a fetus is already present in the uterus
change state, turn - undergo a transformation or a change of position or action; "We turned from Socialism to Capitalism"; "The people turned against the President when he stole the election"

conceive

verb
1. imagine, envisage, comprehend, visualize, think, believe, suppose, fancy, appreciate, grasp, apprehend We now cannot conceive of a world without electricity.
2. think up, form, produce, create, develop, design, project, purpose, devise, formulate, contrive I began to conceive a plan of attack.
3. become pregnant, get pregnant, become impregnated Women should give up alcohol before they plan to conceive.

conceive

verb
1. To form mental images of:
Informal: feature.
2. To form a strategy for:
Informal: dope out.
Idiom: lay plans.
3. To perceive and recognize the meaning of:
Informal: savvy.
Slang: dig.
Chiefly British: twig.
Scots: ken.
Translations
تَحْبَلُ ، تحمليَتَخَيَّل، يَتَصَوَّريُكَوِّنُ فِكْرَةً في عَقْلِهِ
otěhotnětpochopitpočítpojmout
blive gravidfattefinde påforestille sigudtænke
käsitamarasestuma
hugsa uppímynda sérverîa barnshafandi
galbūtgalimas daiktasįsivaizduojamasįsivaizduotipastoti
aptvertiecerētiedomātieskļūt grūtainodomāt
otehotnieť
aklı almakdüşünmekhamile/gebe kalmakkurmaktasarlamak

conceive

[kənˈsiːv]
A. VT
1. [+ child] → concebir
2. (= imagine) → concebir
to conceive a dislike for sth/sbcobrar antipatía a algo/algn
B. VI
1. (= become pregnant) → concebir
2. (= think) to conceive of sthimaginar algo
to conceive of doing sthimaginarse haciendo algo
I cannot conceive of anything worseno me puedo imaginar nada peor
I cannot conceive whyno entiendo porqué

conceive

[kənˈsiːv]
vt
(= become pregnant with) [+ baby, boy, girl] → concevoir
to be conceived [baby] → être conçu(e)
(= develop) [+ policy] → concevoir
vi
(= become pregnant) → concevoir
(= imagine) to conceive of sth → concevoir qch, imaginer qch
to conceive of doing sth → concevoir de faire qch, imaginer de faire qch

conceive

vt
childempfangen
(= imagine)sich (dat)denken or vorstellen; idea, planhaben; noveldie Idee haben zu; it was originally conceived as quite a different sort of bookursprünglich war das Buch ganz anders geplant or konzipiert (geh); the idea was conceived in a Paris cafédie Idee (dazu) wurde in einem Pariser Café geboren; the way he conceives his roleseine Vorstellung or Auffassung von seiner Rolle; she conceives it to be her dutysie erachtet (geh)or betrachtet es als ihre Pflicht; I can’t conceive whyich verstehe or begreife nicht, warum
to conceive a dislike for somebody/somethingeine Abneigung gegen jdn/etw entwickeln; to conceive a passion for somebody/somethingseine Leidenschaft für jdn/etw entdecken
vi (woman)empfangen

conceive

[kənˈsiːv]
1. vt (child, idea) → concepire
2. vi to conceive of sth/of doing sthimmaginare qc/di fare qc

conceive

(kənˈsiːv) verb
1. to form (an idea etc) in the mind.
2. to imagine. I can't conceive why you did that.
3. (of a woman) to become pregnant.
conˈceivable adjective
able to be imagined or thought of.
conˈceivably adverb

conceive is spelt with -ei-.

con·ceive

vt. concebir.

conceive

vi concebir
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Jessie, you don't for a moment mean to say that you could possibly conceive of anything else?
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He couldn't comprehend it; couldn't take it in; couldn't in any remote way conceive of it.
Can any one conceive of anything more confusing than that?
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Is it possible for the human mind to conceive of a more horrible state of society?
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