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

  • 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.
  • 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.

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


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English conceiven, from Old French concevoir, concever, from Latin concipere ("to take"), from con- ("together") + capio ("to take"). Compare deceive, perceive, receive.


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