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  1. con·ceive
    IPA[kənˈsēv]
  2. verb

    • 1. become pregnant with (a child):

      she was conceived when her father was 49
    • 2. (of a woman) become pregnant:

      five months ago Wendy conceived
      Synonym : get pregnant, become pregnant, become impregnated, become inseminated, become fertilized
    • 3. form or devise (a plan or idea) in the mind:

      the dam project was originally conceived in 1977 a brilliantly conceived and executed robbery
      Synonym : think up, think of, come up with, dream up, draw up, devise, form, formulate, design, frame, invent, coin, originate, create, develop, evolve, hatch, cook up, contrive
    • 4. form a mental representation of; imagine:

      without society an individual cannot be conceived as having rights we could not conceive of such things happening to us
      Synonym : imagine, envisage, visualize, picture, picture in one's mind's eye, conjure up an image of, think, see, perceive, grasp, appreciate, apprehend, envision, ideate
    • 5. become affected by (a feeling):

      he conceived a passion for football
  3. Variation

    • v.: verb: conceive, 3rd person present: conceives, gerund or present participle: conceiving, past tense: conceived, past participle: conceived

    • verb

      create (an embryo) by fertilizing an egg:

      (of a woman) become pregnant:

    • adjective

      not carefully planned or considered:
    • adjective

      not carefully planned or considered:
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