Conceive

  • 1 Conceive — Con*ceive , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Conceived}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Conceiving}.] [OF. conzoivre, concever, conceveir, F. concevoir, fr. L. oncipere to take, to conceive; con + capere to seize or take. See {Capable}, and cf. {Conception}.] 1. To… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 Conceive — Con*ceive , v. i. 1. To have an embryo or fetus formed in the womb; to breed; to become pregnant. [1913 Webster] A virgin shall conceive, and bear a son. Isa. vii. 14. [1913 Webster] 2. To have a conception, idea, or opinion; think; with of.… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 conceive — I (comprehend) verb absorb, accept, appreciate, apprehend, assimilate, conceptualize, conjure up, digest, discern, envisage, envision, fathom, figure out, form a conception, grasp, have an idea, ideate, image, imagine, know, perceive, picture,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 conceive — [v1] understand accept, appreciate, apprehend, assume, believe, catch, compass, comprehend, deem, dig, envisage, expect, fancy, feel, follow, gather, get, grasp, imagine, judge, perceive, realize, reckon, suppose, suspect, take, twig; concept 15… …

    New thesaurus

  • 5 conceive of — index apprehend (perceive), construe (comprehend) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 6 conceive — late 13c., conceiven, take (seed) into the womb, become pregnant, from stem of O.Fr. conceveir (Mod.Fr. concevoir), from L. concipere (pp. conceptus) to take in and hold; become pregnant, from com , intensive prefix (see COM (Cf. com )), + comb.… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 7 conceive — *think, imagine, fancy, realize, envisage, envision Analogous words: *consider, excogitate: speculate, cogitate, *think: *ponder, ruminate, meditate …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 8 conceive — ► VERB 1) become pregnant with (a child). 2) devise in the mind; imagine. ORIGIN Latin concipere, from capere take …

    English terms dictionary

  • 9 conceive — [kən sēv′] vt. conceived, conceiving [ME conceiven < OFr conceveir < L concipere (pp. conceptus), to take in, receive < com , together + capere, to take: see HAVE] 1. to become pregnant with; cause to begin life 2. to form or develop in… …

    English World dictionary

  • 10 conceive — con|ceive [kənˈsi:v] v [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: conceivre, from Latin concipere to take in, conceive , from com ( COM ) + capere to take ] 1.) [I and T] formal to imagine a particular situation or to think about something in a… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 11 conceive — [[t]kənsi͟ːv[/t]] conceives, conceiving, conceived 1) VERB: usu with brd neg If you cannot conceive of something, you cannot imagine it or believe it. [V of n/ ing] I just can t even conceive of that quantity of money... [V of n/ ing] He was… …

    English dictionary

  • 12 conceive — verb 1 (formal) think of/imagine ADVERB ▪ brilliantly, carefully, well ▪ The plan was brilliantly conceived. ▪ poorly ▪ broadly …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 13 conceive — v. 1) (d; intr.) to conceive of (can you conceive of such cruelty?) 2) (L) I could not conceive that he would do such a thing * * * [kən siːv] (L) I could not conceive that he would do such a thing (d;intr.) to conceive of (can you conceive of… …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 14 conceive — verb 1 (T) to think of a new idea, plan etc and develop it in your mind: Scientists first conceived the idea of the atomic bomb in the 1930 s 2 (T) formal to imagine a particular situation: conceive what/why/how etc: I find it difficult to… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 conceive — verb (conceived; conceiving) Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French conceivre, from Latin concipere to take in, conceive, from com + capere to take more at heave Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. a. to become …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 16 conceive — 01. It s impossible to [conceive] what will happen without trying it first. 02. As the potential for space travel grows, it is now [conceivable] that within 25 years, people will be able to visit the moon as a tourist destination. 03. It is… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 17 conceive */*/ — UK [kənˈsiːv] / US [kənˈsɪv] verb Word forms conceive : present tense I/you/we/they conceive he/she/it conceives present participle conceiving past tense conceived past participle conceived 1) [transitive, often passive] to think of something… …

    English dictionary

  • 18 conceive — con|ceive [ kən siv ] verb ** 1. ) transitive often passive to think of something such as a new idea, plan, or design: The facilities had been conceived with families in mind. The exhibit was originally conceived as a tribute to Scott s family. 2 …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 19 conceive — [13] Conceive is one of a number of English words (deceive, perceive, and receive 125 concussion are others) whose immediate source is the Old French morpheme ceiv . This goes back ultimately to Latin capere ‘take’ (source of English capture),… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 20 conceive — [13] Conceive is one of a number of English words (deceive, perceive, and receive are others) whose immediate source is the Old French morpheme ceiv . This goes back ultimately to Latin capere ‘take’ (source of English capture), which when… …

    Word origins


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