American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To become pregnant with (offspring).
- v. To form or develop in the mind; devise: conceive a plan to increase profits.
- v. To apprehend mentally; understand: couldn't conceive the meaning of that sentence.
- v. To be of the opinion that; think: didn't conceive such a tragedy could occur.
- v. To begin or originate in a specific way: a political movement conceived in the ferment of the 1960s.
- v. To form or hold an idea: Ancient peoples conceived of the earth as flat.
- v. To become pregnant.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To apprehend in the mind; form a distinct and correct notion of, or a notion which is not absurd: as, we cannot conceive an effect without a cause.
- To form as a general notion in the mind; represent in a general notion or conception in the mind; hence, design; plan; devise.
- To hold as an opinion; think; suppose; believe.
- To admit into the mind; have a sense or impression of; feel; experience.
- To formulate in words; express: as, he received a letter conceived in the following terms.
- To understand.
- To become pregnant with; bring into existence in the womb in an embryonic state.
- To generate; give rise to; bring into existence.
- To take in a mental image; have or form a conception or idea; have apprehension; think: with of.
- To hold an opinion: with of.
- To understand.
- To become pregnant.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To receive into the womb and begin to breed; to begin the formation of the embryo of.
- v. To form in the mind; to plan; to devise; to generate; to originate.
- v. To apprehend by reason or imagination; to take into the mind; to know; to imagine; to comprehend; to understand.
- v. To have an embryo or fetus formed in the womb; to breed; to become pregnant.
- v. To have a conception, idea, or opinion; think; -- with
- v. become pregnant; undergo conception
- v. have the idea for
- v. judge or regard; look upon; judge.
- From Middle English conceiven, from Old French concevoir, concever, from Latin concipere ("to take"), from con- ("together") + capio ("to take"). Compare deceive, perceive, receive. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English conceiven, from Old French concevoir, conceiv-, from Latin concipere : com-, intensive pref.; see com- + capere, to take; see kap- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Therefore, as a precautionary measure, our advice to pregnant women and women trying to conceive is to avoid alcohol.”
“And what do you conceive is the “just reward ” for giving a cop the middle finger?”
“Stick with the current recommendations for Folic Acid intake, which in pregnancy and in women trying to conceive is 400 ug daily.”
“Human beings can, in short, conceive of and create change; we can use our minds to reframe, to see things in a better light.”
“Toronto gave me no instructions, but I went on record there, practically in line with our present Leader of the Opposition at Ottawa, that we should present immediately ships and, if necessary, men and money, so that the crisis which I conceive is very near at hand, should be met by us as Canadian citizens and as citizens of the Empire.”
“How she contrives, with such opinions or no opinions, to keep herself so serene and cheerful, I am perplexed to conceive: is it the old story of the 'cork going safely over the falls of Niagara, where everything weightier would sink?”
“The situation, we conceive, is one which, if for a moment good sense and good feeling could come into play between the contending parties, might be turned to advantage.”
“If he had not the sterner nobility of purpose which made the first of his name conceive and partially carry into effect the ideal reign of justice which was the first want of his kingdom, he had yet a noble ambition for Scotland to make her honoured and feared and famous, and the success with which he seems to have carried out this object of his life for many years was great.”
“I can: the word conceive, therefore, is here used to express the recognition of a matter of fact — the perception of truth or falsehood; which I apprehend to be exactly the meaning of an act of belief, as distinguished from simple conception.”
“The child she shall conceive is a holy thing, and therefore must not be conceived by ordinary generation, because he must not share in the common corruption and pollution of the human nature.”
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