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Meaning of conceive

con•ceive

Pronunciation: (kun-sēv'), [key]
— v., -ceived, -ceiv•ing.
—v.t.
  1. to form (a notion, opinion, purpose, etc.): He conceived the project while he was on vacation.
  2. to form a notion or idea of; imagine.
  3. to hold as an opinion; think; believe: I can't conceive that it would be of any use.
  4. to experience or form (a feeling): to conceive a great love for music.
  5. to express, as in words.
  6. to become pregnant with.
  7. to beget.
  8. to begin, originate, or found (something) in a particular way (usually used in the passive): a new nation conceived in liberty.
  9. to understand; comprehend.
—v.i.
  1. to form an idea; think (usually fol. by of&hasp;).
  2. to become pregnant.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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