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Conceive \Con*ceive"\, v. i.
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.
To have a conception, idea, or opinion; think; -- with of.
Conceive of things clearly and distinctly in their own natures.
Conceive \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.]
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.
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.
Conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood.
--Is. lix. 1
3. To apprehend by reason or imagination; to take into the mind; to know; to imagine; to comprehend; to understand. ``I conceive you.''
O horror, horror, horror! Tongue nor heart Cannot conceive nor name thee!
You will hardly conceive him to have been bred in the same climate.
Syn: To apprehend; imagine; suppose; understand; comprehend; believe; think.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
late 13c., conceiven, "take (seed) into the womb, become pregnant," from stem of Old French conceveir (Modern French concevoir), from Latin concipere (past participle conceptus) "to take in and hold; become pregnant," from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + comb. form of capere "to take," from PIE *kap- "to grasp" (see capable). Meaning "take into the mind" is from mid-14c., a figurative sense also found in the Old French and Latin words. Related: Conceived; conceiving.
vb. (context transitive English) To develop an idea; to form in the mind; to plan; to devise; to originate.
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" [syn: think, believe, consider]
become pregnant; undergo conception; "She cannot conceive"; "My daughter was conceived in Christmas Day"
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Usage examples of "conceive".
The middle classes of Alca conceived a profound admiration for the Emiral.
Bristol nor I could conceive of any one seeking to possess the bloodstained thing except the mysterious leader of the Hashishin - Hassan of Aleppo - as a creature of that awful fanatic being I had written her down.
As for the foreign fur traders, he conceived the brilliant plan of buying food from them in exchange for Russian furs and of supplying them with brigades of Aleut Island hunters to scour the Pacific for sea-otter from Nootka and the Columbia to southern California.
I really can hardly conceive a higher enjoyment than a botanical tour among the Alleghany mountains, to any one who had science enough to profit by it.
In truth, it was, of course, a great mistake to conceive Americanism as intellectually and morally a species of Newer-Worldliness.
He conceived of Army participation in antisubmarine air warfare as a temporary expedient.
No, if Catherine was the ghost, and that was by no means certain, then she had not conceived the idea of haunting Appleton Manor on her own.
From these sensible resolutions, the reader may conceive some idea of the misconduct that attends the management of the poor in England, as well as of the grievous burdens entailed upon the people by the present laws which constitute this branch of the legislature.
Hastings, conceiving that if the faction opposed to Baboo and Ragoba should prevail, the territories of Bombay would be in danger, proposed in council that every assistance should be given, and that an army should be forthwith sent from Calcutta and Bombay.
He was a bannerless knight, named Julien de Boys-Bourredon, who not having inherited on his estate enough to make a toothpick, and knowing no other wealth than the rich nature with which his dead mother had opportunely furnished him, conceived the idea of deriving therefrom both rent and profit at court, knowing how fond ladies are of those good revenues, and value them high and dear, when they can stand being looked at between two suns.
Teams of behaviorists assembled in the sewers and conceived a brand of futurism based on filing procedures.
Or was I one of those children conceived on Beltane when a woman often mated with many men so that none could truly claim me?
I must do something to convince my father that my mind and soul sincerely revolted at the thought of mating with Bharata Rahon, and so I conceived the idea of running away and going out into the jungle that I might prove that I preferred death to the man my father had chosen for me.
Christians obtained the free exercise of their religion by an edict addressed to the bishops, and conceived in such terms as seemed to acknowledge their office and public character.
He was beginning to conceive a deep hatred for the blackmailer in the case that went far beyond duty.