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.
1 think of/imagine
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.
VERB + CONCEIVE
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.
VERB + CONCEIVE
be able/unable to
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