US: /kənˈsiv/
UK: /kənsˈiːv/

English Vietnamese dictionary

conceive /kən'si:v/
  • động từ
    • nghĩ, hiểu, quan điểm được, nhận thức; tưởng tượng
      • to conceive a plan: nghĩ ra một kế hoạch
      • I can't conceive how he did it: tôi không hiểu nó đã làm cái đó thế nào
    • (thường), dạng bị động diễn đạt, bày tỏ
      • conceived in plain terms: được bày tỏ bằng những lời lẽ rõ ràng
    • thai nghén trong óc; hình thành trong óc
      • to conceive an affection foe somebody: có lòng thương yêu ai
    • thụ thai, có mang

Advanced English dictionary

+ verb
1 ~ (of) sth (as sth) (formal) to form an idea, a plan, etc. in your mind; to imagine sth: [VN] He conceived the idea of transforming the old power station into an arts centre. + God is often conceived of as male. + [V (that)] I cannot conceive (= I do not believe) (that) he would wish to harm us. + [V wh-] I cannot conceive what it must be like.
2 when a woman conceives or conceives a child, she becomes pregnant: [V] She is unable to conceive. + [VN] Their first child was conceived on their wedding night.
conceive v.
concept n.
conception n.
conceivable adj. (=/= inconceivable)
conceptual adj.

Thesaurus dictionary

1 have, bear, beget, sire, father, give birth to; become pregnant (with):
After the twins, they conceived three boys.
2 formulate, devise, plan, contrive, create, plot, hatch, develop, evolve, fabricate, think or make up, form, frame, design:
He conceived a scheme for swindling that poor woman out of her life savings.
3 think (up), imagine, speculate (on), perceive, see, understand, realize, comprehend, envision, envisage, conjure up, dream up, hypothesize, postulate, posit, suggest, suppose:
I cannot conceive of any reason why she shouldn't be allowed to take part.

Collocation dictionary

1 think of/imagine


brilliantly, carefully
The plan was brilliantly conceived.
| poorly | broadly
The course is very broadly conceived (= it covers a wide range of topics).
| narrowly | originally
The dam project was originally conceived in 1977.


I cannot conceive why you paid out so much money.
| be difficult to, be impossible to
It is difficult to conceive of a society without money.
| be easy to, be possible to


We conceive of ourselves as individuals.

2 become pregnant


She was unable to conceive a child naturally and was offered fertility treatment.


be able/unable to

Concise English dictionary

+have the idea for
+judge or regard; look upon; judge
+become pregnant; undergo conception