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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
conceive
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
you 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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we 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
References in classic literature ?
whereby it was generally conceived, that after the princes had reigned, which had the principal letters of that word hempe (which were Henry, Edward, Mary, Philip, and Elizabeth), England should come to utter confusion; which, thanks be to God, is verified only in the change of the name; for that the King's style, is now no more of England but of Britain.
It was generally conceived to be meant, of the Spanish fleet that came in '88: for that the king of Spain's surname, as they say, is Norway.
But Levin was in love, and so it seemed to him that Kitty was so perfect in every respect that she was a creature far above everything earthly; and that he was a creature so low and so earthly that it could not even be conceived that other people and she herself could regard him as worthy of her.
The mysterious, enchanting Kitty herself could not love such an ugly person as he conceived himself to be, and, above all, such an ordinary, in no way striking person.
Four score and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth upon this continent a new nation: conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
I was disposed straightway to search for other truths and when I had represented to myself the object of the geometers, which I conceived to be a continuous body or a space indefinitely extended in length, breadth, and height or depth, divisible into divers parts which admit of different figures and sizes, and of being moved or transposed in all manner of ways(for all this the geometers suppose to be in the object they contemplate), I went over some of their simplest demonstrations.
As I applied so closely, it may be easily conceived that my progress was rapid.
Now, as both of these gentlemen were industrious in taking every opportunity of recommending themselves to the widow, they apprehended one certain method was, by giving her son the constant preference to the other lad; and as they conceived the kindness and affection which Mr Allworthy showed the latter, must be highly disagreeable to her, they doubted not but the laying hold on all occasions to degrade and vilify him, would be highly pleasing to her; who, as she hated the boy, must love all those who did him any hurt.
He never conceived a respect for the world, because he had begun with no idols that it had smashed.
Having conceived her work thus, she has brought a rare instinct for probability and nature to the difficult task of combining this religious motive and all the learned thought it involves, with a very genuine interest in many varieties of average mundane life.
I conceived her so sympathetic that she always laughed before he came to the joke, and I am sure she had filmy eyes from the very start of a pathetic story.
This madcap quest of mine, was it not understood between us from the beginning to be a fantastic whim, a poetical wild-goose chase, conceived entirely as an excuse for being some time in each other's company?