conceive




To conceive is to come up with an idea. If you conceive a plan for your little brother’s birthday, you dream up the perfect party, complete with a magician, rented ponies, and a cake shaped like a rocket.

Latin roots for conceive (by way of French) point to “take into” either “the womb” or “the mind.” An idea is sometimes called “a seed” or “the seed of an idea,” and conceive means to produce something from inside the mind — or to become pregnant. Another expression is “pregnant with ideas” or “pregnant with possibilities,” and someone who can “conceive of a thousand ways” to solve a problem or design something is full of new ideas.

Definitions of conceive
  1. verb

    have the idea for

    “He
    conceived of a robot that would help paralyzed patients”
    “This library was well
    conceived
    synonyms:
    conceptualise, conceptualize, gestate
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    types:

    design

    conceive or fashion in the mind; invent
    preconceive

    conceive beforehand
    discover, find

    make a discovery, make a new finding
    type of:

    create by mental act, create mentally

    create mentally and abstractly rather than with one’s hands

  2. verb

    judge or regard; look upon; judge

    “The racist
    conceives such people to be inferior”
    synonyms:
    believe, consider, think
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    types:

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    hold

    remain committed to
    rethink

    change one’s mind
    think

    dispose the mind in a certain way
    esteem, look on, look upon, perceive, regard as, repute, take to be, think of

    look on as or consider
    feel

    have a feeling or perception about oneself in reaction to someone’s behavior or attitude
    consider, reckon, regard, see, view

    deem to be
    expect

    consider reasonable or due
    receive

    regard favorably or with disapproval
    reconsider

    consider again; give new consideration to; usually with a view to changing
    reconsider

    consider again (a bill) that had been voted upon before, with a view to altering it
    include

    consider as part of something
    backpedal

    modify one’s opinion, make it less strong
    about-face

    change one’s mind and assume the opposite viewpoint
    consider

    regard or treat with consideration, respect, and esteem
    call

    consider or regard as being
    like

    feel about or towards; consider, evaluate, or regard
    relativise, relativize

    consider or treat as relative
    identify

    consider (oneself) as similar to somebody else
    favor, favour

    consider as the favorite
    abstract

    consider a concept without thinking of a specific example; consider abstractly or theoretically
    reify

    consider an abstract concept to be real
    idealise, idealize

    consider or render as ideal
    deem, hold, take for, view as

    keep in mind or convey as a conviction or view
    esteem, prise, prize, respect, value

    regard highly; think much of
    disesteem, disrespect

    have little or no respect for; hold in contempt
    make

    consider as being
    capitalise, capitalize

    consider expenditures as capital assets rather than expenses
    appreciate, prize, treasure, value

    hold dear
    type of:

    evaluate, judge, pass judgment

    form a critical opinion of

  3. verb

    become pregnant; undergo conception

    “She cannot
    conceive
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    types:

    superfetate

    conceive when a fetus is already present in the uterus
    type of:

    change state, turn

    undergo a transformation or a change of position or action

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