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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