- 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. [1913 Webster]
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.
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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. 14. [1913 Webster] 2. To have a conception, idea, or opinion; think; with of.… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
conceive — I (comprehend) verb absorb, accept, appreciate, apprehend, assimilate, conceptualize, conjure up, digest, discern, envisage, envision, fathom, figure out, form a conception, grasp, have an idea, ideate, image, imagine, know, perceive, picture,… … Law dictionary
conceive — [v1] understand accept, appreciate, apprehend, assume, believe, catch, compass, comprehend, deem, dig, envisage, expect, fancy, feel, follow, gather, get, grasp, imagine, judge, perceive, realize, reckon, suppose, suspect, take, twig; concept 15… … New thesaurus
conceive of — index apprehend (perceive), construe (comprehend) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 … Law dictionary
conceive — late 13c., conceiven, take (seed) into the womb, become pregnant, from stem of O.Fr. conceveir (Mod.Fr. concevoir), from L. concipere (pp. conceptus) to take in and hold; become pregnant, from com , intensive prefix (see COM (Cf. com )), + comb.… … Etymology dictionary
conceive — *think, imagine, fancy, realize, envisage, envision Analogous words: *consider, excogitate: speculate, cogitate, *think: *ponder, ruminate, meditate … New Dictionary of Synonyms
conceive — ► VERB 1) become pregnant with (a child). 2) devise in the mind; imagine. ORIGIN Latin concipere, from capere take … English terms dictionary
conceive — [kən sēv′] vt. conceived, conceiving [ME conceiven < OFr conceveir < L concipere (pp. conceptus), to take in, receive < com , together + capere, to take: see HAVE] 1. to become pregnant with; cause to begin life 2. to form or develop in… … English World dictionary
conceive — con|ceive [kənˈsi:v] v [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: conceivre, from Latin concipere to take in, conceive , from com ( COM ) + capere to take ] 1.) [I and T] formal to imagine a particular situation or to think about something in a… … Dictionary of contemporary English
conceive — [[t]kənsi͟ːv[/t]] conceives, conceiving, conceived 1) VERB: usu with brd neg If you cannot conceive of something, you cannot imagine it or believe it. [V of n/ ing] I just can t even conceive of that quantity of money... [V of n/ ing] He was… … English dictionary