conceive - definition and synonyms

 
 
verb 

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/kənˈsiːv/
present tense
I/you/we/theyconceive
he/she/itconceives
present participleconceiving
past tenseconceived
past participleconceived
  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 exhibition 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 doing such an appalling thing?