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  ( conceives    3rd person present)   ( conceiving    present participle)   ( conceived    past tense & past participle  )
1       verb   If you cannot conceiveof something, you cannot imagine it or believe it.  
usu with brd-neg  
I just can't even conceive of that quantity of money...      V of n/-ing  
He was immensely ambitious but unable to conceive of winning power for himself.      V of n/-ing, Also V that  
2       verb   If you conceive something as a particular thing, you consider it to be that thing.  
The ancients conceived the earth as afloat in water...      V n as n/-ing  
We conceive of the family as being in a constant state of change...      V of n as n/-ing  
Elvis conceived of himself as a ballad singer.      V of n as n/-ing  
3       verb   If you conceive a plan or idea, you think of it and work out how it can be done.  
She had conceived the idea of a series of novels...      V n  
He conceived of the first truly portable computer in 1968.      V of n  
4       verb   When a woman conceives, she becomes pregnant.  
Women, he says, should give up alcohol before they plan to conceive...      V  
A mother who already has non-identical twins is more likely to conceive another set of twins.      V n  
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  


1    appreciate, apprehend, believe, comprehend, envisage, fancy, get the picture, grasp, imagine, realize, suppose, understand  
2    contrive, create, design, develop, devise, form, formulate, produce, project, purpose, think up  
3    become impregnated, become pregnant  

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