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Definition of conceive verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they conceive
    he / she / it conceives
    past simple conceived
    -ing form conceiving
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  1. 1[transitive] (formal) to form an idea, a plan, etc. in your mind; to imagine something conceive something He conceived the idea of transforming the old power station into an arts center. conceive of something (as something) God is often conceived of as male. conceive (that)… I cannot conceive (= I do not believe)(that) he would wish to harm us. conceive what/how, etc… I cannot conceive what it must be like.
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive] when a woman conceives or conceives a child, she becomes pregnant She is unable to conceive. conceive something Their first child was conceived on their wedding night. see also conception
  3. Word Familyconceive verbconceivable adjective (inconceivable)conceivably adverbconcept nounconception nounconceptual adjectiveconceive verbconceivable adjective (inconceivable)conceivably adverbconcept nounconception nounconceptual adjective
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