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  • v. form a mental image of something that is not present or that is not the case


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  • It was difficult to conceive of any reason why Mr Madoc should have passed that way.

    The Key

  • Imagining the power that the mysterious, planet-shrinking pyramid must contain…trying to conceive of the energies it would have to harness to pluck a world, intact, from its orbit and hold it in stasis…such thoughts terrified Maleiras to the depths of her being.

    Creative Couplings

  • Instead, bin Laden continued to conceive of the United States as his main foe, as he explained in the many audio- and videotapes that he released after 9/11.

    The Longest War

  • Here we may really disregard the individual monarchs who asmen are subject to all the weaknesses which are customarily visited uponthis earth and its children; if we were not lenient in this, we would haveto despair of the present altogether, for are not the representatives ofthe present regime, considered as personalities, intellectually and morallyof the most modest proportions that we can conceive of even racking ourbrains for a long time?

    Mein Kampf

  • They're fluffy and rather amusing looking and roly‑poly‑if you can conceive of something three meters tall massing out around eleven or twelve hundred kilos as roly‑poly.

    Flinx In Flux

  • But for Ettarre, who embodied all Kennaston was ever able to conceive of beauty and fearlessness and strange purity, all perfections, all the attributes of divinity, in a word, such as his slender human faculties were competent to understand, he must hunger always in vain.

    The Cream of the Jest: A Comedy of Evasions

  • My great-grandchildren, a boy and a girl in an age that finds little reason to pay attention to such petty distinctions as gender, could not conceive of a past as ancient and irretrievable as my own childhood before the Great War, much less the blood-and-leather reality of the Civil War era from which I carry my dark message.

    Prayers To Broken Stones

  • We cannot, perhaps, conceive of absolute justice; certainly we are no judges of God's own revealed scheme of reconciling Justice with Law, and so I call Maurice's, to a certain extent, human teaching, more philosophy than religion, more metaphysics than revelation. '

    Life of John Coleridge Patteson

  • There are millionssoon to be billionsof consumers, voters, and other actors, most obviously millennials, who want something new and different from business, who conceive of business and the flywheel of global capitalism in ways distinctive from their counterparts of the past and indeed in ways different from many boomers today.

    Creative Capitalism

  • Christ there is no possible foundation on which to conceive of such after-workings.

    The Life of Jesus Christ in Its Historical Connexion and Historical Developement.


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