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verb conceive pronunciation in American English /kənˈsiv/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleconceiving
past tenseconceived
past participleconceived
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  1. 1
    [transitive] [often passive] to think of something such as a new idea, plan, or design

    The facilities had been conceived with families in mind.

    The exhibit was originally conceived as a tribute to Scott’s family.

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] [usually in negatives or questions] to imagine something or think of doing something

    I find the whole scenario hard to conceive.

    conceive of:

    How can they even conceive of cutting back on welfare?



used to describe something which is done more carefully and over a longer period of time …

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