from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To become pregnant with (offspring).
- transitive v. To form or develop in the mind; devise: conceive a plan to increase profits.
- transitive v. To apprehend mentally; understand: couldn't conceive the meaning of that sentence.
- transitive v. To be of the opinion that; think: didn't conceive such a tragedy could occur.
- transitive v. To begin or originate in a specific way: a political movement conceived in the ferment of the 1960s.
- intransitive v. To form or hold an idea: Ancient peoples conceived of the earth as flat.
- intransitive v. To become pregnant.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To develop an idea.
- v. To understand someone.
- v. To become pregnant.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To receive into the womb and begin to breed; to begin the formation of the embryo of.
- transitive v. To form in the mind; to plan; to devise; to generate; to originate.
- transitive v. To apprehend by reason or imagination; to take into the mind; to know; to imagine; to comprehend; to understand.
- intransitive v. To have an embryo or fetus formed in the womb; to breed; to become pregnant.
- intransitive v. To have a conception, idea, or opinion; think; -- with of.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To apprehend in the mind; form a distinct and correct notion of, or a notion which is not absurd: as, we cannot conceive an effect without a cause.
- To form as a general notion in the mind; represent in a general notion or conception in the mind; hence, design; plan; devise.
- To hold as an opinion; think; suppose; believe.
- To admit into the mind; have a sense or impression of; feel; experience.
- To formulate in words; express: as, he received a letter conceived in the following terms.
- To understand.
- To become pregnant with; bring into existence in the womb in an embryonic state.
- To generate; give rise to; bring into existence.
- To take in a mental image; have or form a conception or idea; have apprehension; think: with of.
- To hold an opinion: with of.
- To understand.
- To become pregnant.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. become pregnant; undergo conception
- v. have the idea for
- v. judge or regard; look upon; judge
Middle English conceiven, from Old French concevoir, conceiv-, from Latin concipere : com-, intensive pref.; see com- + capere, to take; see kap- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English conceiven, from Old French concevoir, concever, from Latin concipere ("to take"), from con- ("together") + capio ("to take"). Compare deceive, perceive, receive. (Wiktionary)