Definitions for: Conceive


[v] become pregnant; undergo conception; "She cannot conceive"; "My daughter was conceived in Christmas Day"
[v] judge or regard; look upon; judge; "I think he is very smart"; "I believe her to be very smart"; "I think that he is her boyfriend"; "The racist conceives such people to be inferior"
[v] have the idea for; "He conceived of a robot that would help paralyzed patients"; "This library was well conceived"



Webster (1913) Definition: 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 receive into the womb and begin to breed; to begin the
formation of the embryo of.

She hath also conceived a son in her old age. --Luke
i. 36.

2. To form in the mind; to plan; to devise; to generate; to
originate; as, to conceive a purpose, plan, hope.

It was among the ruins of the Capitol that I first
conceived the idea of a work which has amused and
exercised near twenty years of my life. --Gibbon.

Conceiving and uttering from the heart words of
falsehood. --Is. lix. 13.

3. To apprehend by reason or imagination; to take into the
mind; to know; to imagine; to comprehend; to understand.
``I conceive you.'' --Hawthorne.

O horror, horror, horror! Tongue nor heart Cannot
conceive nor name thee! --Shak.

You will hardly conceive him to have been bred in
the same climate. --Swift.

Syn: To apprehend; imagine; suppose; understand; comprehend;
believe; think.


Con*ceive", v. i.
1. To have an embryo or fetus formed in the womb; to breed;
to become pregnant.

A virgin shall conceive, and bear a son. --Isa. vii.
14.

2. To have a conception, idea, or opinion; think; -- with of.

Conceive of things clearly and distinctly in their
own natures. --I. Watts.

Synonyms: believe, conceptualise, conceptualize, consider, gestate, think

See Also: change state, copulate, couple, create by mental act, create mentally, design, discover, esteem, feel, find, hold, judge, look on, look upon, mate, pair, preconceive, reckon, regard, regard as, repute, rethink, see, superfetate, take to be, think of, turn, view

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