conceive Meaning, Definition & Usage
verb have the idea for
gestate; conceptualize; conceptualise.
- He conceived of a robot that would help paralyzed patients
- This library was well conceived
verb judge or regard; look upon; judge
believe; think; consider.
- 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
verb become pregnant; undergo conception
- She cannot conceive
- My daughter was conceived in Christmas Day
Con*ceive" transitive verb
, F. concevoir
, fr. L. oncipere
to take, to conceive; con-
to seize or take. See Capable
, and cf. Conception
imperfect & past participle Conceived ; present participle & verbal noun Conceiving
- To receive into the womb and begin to breed; to begin the formation of the embryo of.
She hath also conceived a son in her old age.
Luke i. 36.
- To form in the mind; to plan; to devise; to generate; to originate; as, to conceive a purpose, plan, hope.
It was among the ruins of the Capitol that I first conceived the idea of a work which has amused and exercised near twenty years of my life.
Conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood.
Is. lix. 13.
- To apprehend by reason or imagination; to take into the mind; to know; to imagine; to comprehend; to understand. "I conceive you."
O horror, horror, horror! Tongue nor heart
Cannot conceive nor name thee!
You will hardly conceive him to have been bred in the same climate.
Syn. -- To apprehend; imagine; suppose; understand; comprehend; believe; think.
Con*ceive" intransitive verb
- To have an embryo or fetus formed in the womb; to breed; to become pregnant.
A virgin shall conceive, and bear a son.
Isa. vii. 14.
- To have a conception, idea, or opinion; think; -- with of.
Conceive of things clearly and distinctly in their own natures.
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