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Definition of conceive verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    conceive

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//kənˈsiːv//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈsiːv//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they conceive
    BrE BrE//kənˈsiːv//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈsiːv//
     
    he / she / it conceives
    BrE BrE//kənˈsiːvz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈsiːvz//
     
    past simple conceived
    BrE BrE//kənˈsiːvd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈsiːvd//
     
    past participle conceived
    BrE BrE//kənˈsiːvd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈsiːvd//
     
    -ing form conceiving
    BrE BrE//kənˈsiːvɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈsiːvɪŋ//
     
    Pregnancy
     
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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 centre. 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 somebody` Their first child was conceived on their wedding night. See related entries: Pregnancy
  3. see also conception
    Word Familyconceive verbconceivable adjective (inconceivable)conceivably adverbconcept nounconception nounconceptual adjective Word Origin Middle English: from Old French concevoir, from Latin concipere, from com- ‘together’ + capere ‘take’.Extra examples They conceived of a theory and stuck to it. I cannot conceive why you paid out so much money. It is difficult to conceive of a society without money. She was unable to conceive a child naturally and was offered fertility treatment. The course is very broadly conceived. The dam project was originally conceived in 1977. The plan was brilliantly conceived. We conceive of ourselves as individuals. the Christian belief in Jesus as being immaculately conceived
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