Conceive

Definition of Conceive

Con`ceive´
v. t.1.To receive into the womb and begin to breed; to begin the formation of the embryo of.
[imp. & p. p. Conceived ; p. pr. & vb. n. Conceiving.]
She hath also conceived a son in her old age.
- Luke i. 36.
2.To form in the mind; to plan; to devise; to generate; to originate; as, to conceive a purpose, plan, hope.
It was among the ruins of the Capitol that I first conceived the idea of a work which has amused and exercised near twenty years of my life.
- Gibbon.
Conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood.
- Is. lix. 13.
3.To apprehend by reason or imagination; to take into the mind; to know; to imagine; to comprehend; to understand.
You will hardly conceive him to have been bred in the same climate.
- Swift.
v. i.1.To have an embryo or fetus formed in the womb; to breed; to become pregnant.
A virgin shall conceive, and bear a son.
- Isa. vii. 14.
2.To have a conception, idea, or opinion; think; - with of.
Conceive of things clearly and distinctly in their own natures.
- I. Watts.

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