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v. con·ceived, con·ceiv·ing, con·ceives
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.
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.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.conceiver - someone who creates new things
creator - a person who grows or makes or invents things
beginner, founder, founding father, father - a person who founds or establishes some institution; "George Washington is the father of his country"
groundbreaker, innovator, pioneer, trailblazer - someone who helps to open up a new line of research or technology or art
mover, proposer - (parliamentary procedure) someone who makes a formal motion
proposer, suggester - someone who advances a suggestion or proposal; "the suggester of this absurd strategy was a fool"
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We are doing that by deploying more and more base conceiver stations.
Lahore -- The 140th birth anniversary of philosopher poet and the conceiver of idea of Pakistan Allama Mohammad Iqbal was observed on Thursday with national spirit.
ISLAMABAD -- The 140th birth anniversary of philosopher, poet of east and the conceiver of idea of Pakistan Allama Mohammad Iqbal was observed on Thursday with great national zeal and enthusiasm.
But they are where they are today because the conceiver met someone who believed in him or her and was willing to invest in the idea.
Its conceiver seems to have been the renowned calligrapher Mir Ali Tabrizi10 (1360-1420).
To reiterate: in Margaret's imagination, as one travels south, one also travels toward the north's point of origin, and this grants the northern European gazer (or conceiver) an apolitical, prelapsarian space for recollection and regeneration.
Christof's name clearly bears the root word "Christ," and is referred to in the film as the "conceiver and creator" of the television show.
If the first conceiver was not diligent in reducing the invention to practice, that applicant forfeits the right to the patent, and the process continues until only one applicant remains.
This is of especial interest to the degree that the essay, with its generic indeterminacy, best records the imprint of the mind of its conceiver: a persons natural endowment of reticence, fluent wisdom, or boisterousness, unsuppressed by convention, show themselves in the essay in their wonted proportions.
Here, "the role of the artist is thus transferred from maker to conceiver," as Bruce Altshuler so eloquently states in his essay for the compendium, (3) allowing for the hopeful renewal of a creative and collaborative spirit within a dynamic rather than a fixed institutional setting.
Intratec is the conceiver of the first free online encyclopedia of chemical technology, improvement & research economics available at
In that sense, the author emphasizes the role of charisma in the party's formation, arguing that it is of substantial importance for this process 'whether or not the party is essentially created by, and vehicle for, a charismatic leader.who imposes himself as the undisputed founder, conceiver, and interpreter of a set of political symbols which become inseparable from his person' (Ibid: 52).