conceive ( 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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