- An example of conceive is when a man and a woman create a child.
- An example of conceive is when you come up with an idea for a new product.
- An example of conceive is when you cannot imagine winning the lottery.
transitive verbconceived, conceiving
- to become pregnant with; cause to begin life
- to form or develop in the mind
- to hold as one's conviction or opinion; think; imagine
- to understand; apprehend
- to put in words; couch; express
Origin of conceiveMiddle English conceiven ; from Old French conceveir ; from Classical Latin concipere (pp. conceptus), to take in, receive ; from com-, together + capere, to take: see have
- to become pregnant
- to form a concept or idea (of)
verbcon·ceived, con·ceiv·ing, con·ceives
- To become pregnant with (offspring): She conceived her first child in London, but her second child was conceived in Paris.
- To form or develop in the mind: conceive a plan to increase profits; conceive a passion for a new acquaintance.
- To apprehend mentally; understand: couldn't conceive the meaning of that sentence.
- To be of the opinion that; think: didn't conceive that such a tragedy could occur.
- To begin or originate in a specific way: a political movement that was conceived in the ferment of the 1960s.
- To form or hold an idea: Ancient peoples conceived of the earth as flat.
- To become pregnant.
Origin of conceiveMiddle English conceiven, from Old French concevoir, conceiv-, from Latin concipere : com-, intensive pref.; see com– + capere, to take; see kap- in Indo-European roots.
- con·ceiv′a·bil′i·ty, con·ceiv′a·ble·ness
(third-person singular simple present conceives, present participle conceiving, simple past and past participle conceived)