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Definition of CONCEIVE

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Conceive \Con*ceive"\, v. i.
     1. To have an embryo or fetus formed in the womb; to breed; to become pregnant. [1913 Webster]

              A virgin shall conceive, and bear a son. --Isa. vii.
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     2. To have a conception, idea, or opinion; think; -- with of. [1913 Webster]

              Conceive of things clearly and distinctly in their own natures.                          --I. Watts. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

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}.]
     1. To receive into the womb and begin to breed; to begin the formation of the embryo of. [1913 Webster]

              She hath also conceived a son in her old age. --Luke i. 36. [1913 Webster]

     2. To form in the mind; to plan; to devise; to generate; to originate; as, to conceive a purpose, plan, hope. [1913 Webster]

              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. [1913 Webster]

              Conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood.                            --Is. lix. 13. [1913 Webster]

     3. To apprehend by reason or imagination; to take into the mind; to know; to imagine; to comprehend; to understand.
        "I conceive you." --Hawthorne.
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              O horror, horror, horror! Tongue nor heart Cannot conceive nor name thee!        --Shak. [1913 Webster]

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

     Syn: To apprehend; imagine; suppose; understand; comprehend; believe; think. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

244 Moby Thesaurus words for "conceive": absorb, accept, account as, animate, appreciate, apprehend, assimilate, assume, author, be acquainted with, be afraid, be apprised of, be aware of, be cognizant of, be conscious of, be conversant with, be informed, be with one, bear, beget, believe, breathe life into, breed, bring about, bring forth, bring into being, bring into existence, bring to effect, bring to life, bring to pass, call into being, call into existence, catch, catch on, cause, cerebrate, cogitate, cognize, coin, come with child, compass, comprehend, conceit, conceptualize, conclude, concoct, conjure up, consider, contrive, cook up, couch, couch in terms, create, daresay, deduce, deem, design, develop, devise, dig, digest, discern, discover, divine, do, dream, dream up, effect, effectuate, embody in words, endow with life, energize, engender, entertain ideas, envisage, envision, establish, esteem, estimate, evolve, excogitate, exercise the mind, expect, experience imaginatively, express, fabricate, fancy, fantasize, father, fathom, feature, feel, fictionalize, follow, form, form ideas, formularize, formulate, found, frame, gather, generate, gestate, get, get hold of, get the drift, get the idea, get the picture, give being to, give birth, give birth to, give expression to, give life to, give occasion to, give origin to, give rise to, give words to, grant, grasp, guess, hatch, have, have a hunch, have an idea, have an impression, have an inkling, have information about, have it taped, have knowledge of, have the idea, heed, hold, hold as, hypothesize, ideate, image, imagine, improvise, inaugurate, infer, inspirit, institute, intellectualize, invent, judge, ken, know, learn, let, let be, look upon as, maintain, make, make do with, make out, make up, mark, master, mature, meditate, mint, mold, note, notice, observe, occasion, opine, originate, paragraph, perceive, phrase, plan, plot, ponder, posit, possess, postulate, prefigure, prehend, present, presume, presuppose, presurmise, procreate, produce, provisionally accept, put, put in words, quicken, read, realize, reason, reckon, recognize, regard, remark, repute, rhetorize, ruminate, savvy, say, see, seize, seize the meaning, sense, set afloat, set down as, set on foot, set out, set up, shape, sire, spawn, speculate, state, strike out, style, suggest, superfetate, suppose, surmise, suspect, take, take for, take for granted, take in, take it, take to be, think, think out, think up, trow, twig, understand, view as, vision, visualize, vitalize, vivify, ween, word, work, wot, wot of


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