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[mis-kuh n-seev] /ˌmɪs kənˈsiv/
verb (used with or without object), misconceived, misconceiving.
to conceive or interpret wrongly; misunderstand.
Origin of misconceive
1350-1400; Middle English; see mis-1, conceive
Related forms
misconceiver, noun Unabridged
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  • You misconceive me as imputing scandal when, as a matter of fact, I was trying to assure you that I rejected the imputation.

    Major Vigoureux A. T. Quiller-Couch
  • I say not this openly, nor unto such as should be likely to misconceive me.

    In Convent Walls Emily Sarah Holt
  • It has suited the correspondent to misconceive the whole purport of my book.

  • You cannot misconceive my motives in making this not very agreeable communication.

    The Young Duke Benjamin Disraeli
  • Having a divine nature, and having originated from the divinity, how could they ever misconceive the divinity or themselves?

    Plotinos: Complete Works, v. 1 Plotinos (Plotinus)
  • Of course we must not misconceive the character of this wrath.

  • Then, children of one Father, they could not err nor misconceive one another.

    Woman in the Nineteenth Century Margaret Fuller Ossoli
  • It was impossible to misconceive the threat or to exaggerate the danger.

    Tales and Fantasies Robert Louis Stevenson
  • For the folk about these parts are apt to misconceive of our sufferings, and to have no feeling for us.

    Lorna Doone R. D. Blackmore
  • As we stand now, we are not likely to misconceive each other.

    Dust Julian Hawthorne
British Dictionary definitions for misconceive


to have the wrong idea; fail to understand
Derived Forms
misconceiver, noun
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Word Origin and History for misconceive

late 14c., "to have a wrong notion of;" see mis- (1) + conceive. Related: Misconceived; misconceiving.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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