verb (used with object), conceived, conceiving.
to form (a notion, opinion, purpose, etc.): He conceived the project while he was on vacation.
to form a notion or idea of; imagine.
to hold as an opinion; think; believe: I can't conceive that it would be of any use.
to experience or form (a feeling): to conceive a great love for music.
to express, as in words.
to become pregnant with.
to beget.
to begin, originate, or found (something) in a particular way (usually used in the passive): a new nation conceived in liberty.
Archaic. to understand; comprehend.
verb (used without object), conceived, conceiving.
to form an idea; think (usually followed by of ).
to become pregnant.

1250–1300; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French conceivre < Latin concipere to take fully, take in, equivalent to con- con- + -cipere, combining form of capere to take

conceiver, noun
nonconceiving, noun, adjective
reconceive, verb, reconceived, reconceiving.
unconceived, adjective
well-conceived, adjective

2, 8. See imagine. Unabridged
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conceive (kənˈsiːv)
vb (when intr, foll by of; when tr, often takes a clause as object)
1.  to have an idea (of); imagine; think
2.  (tr; takes a clause as object or an infinitive) to hold as an opinion; believe
3.  (tr) to develop or form, esp in the mind: she conceived a passion for music
4.  to become pregnant with (young)
5.  rare (tr) to express in words
[C13: from Old French conceivre, from Latin concipere to take in, from capere to take]

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Word Origin & History

late 13c., from stem of O.Fr. conceveir, from L. concipere (pp. conceptus) "to take in and hold," from com- intensive prefix + comb. form of capere "to take," from PIE *kap- "to grasp" (see capable). Originally "take (seed) into the womb, become pregnant;" sense of "take
into the mind" is from mid-14c.
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Medical Dictionary

conceive con·ceive (kən-sēv')
v. con·ceived, con·ceiv·ing, con·ceives

  1. To become pregnant.

  2. To apprehend mentally; to understand.

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Example sentences
They had previously adopted when they were told that conceiving would be unlikely.
But more than changing the flow of daily life clocks also offered scientists and thinkers new ways of conceiving nature.
After that is high-level industrial design-the conceiving of how the product will look and work.
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