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conceive

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v conceive become pregnant; undergo conception "She cannot conceive","My daughter was conceived in Christmas Day"
    • v conceive judge or regard; look upon; judge "I think he is very smart","I believe her to be very smart","I think that he is her boyfriend","The racist conceives such people to be inferior"
    • v conceive have the idea for "He conceived of a robot that would help paralyzed patients","This library was well conceived"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Cannes Film Festival was conceived in 1938 by two French journalists while they were traveling by train to the Venice Film Festival.
    • Conceive To apprehend by reason or imagination; to take into the mind; to know; to imagine; to comprehend; to understand. "I conceive you.""O horror, horror, horror! Tongue nor heart
      Cannot conceive nor name thee!"
      "You will hardly conceive him to have been bred in the same climate."
    • Conceive 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.""Conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood."
    • Conceive To have a conception, idea, or opinion; think; -- with of. "Conceive of things clearly and distinctly in their own natures."
    • Conceive To have an embryo or fetus formed in the womb; to breed; to become pregnant. "A virgin shall conceive, and bear a son."
    • Conceive To receive into the womb and begin to breed; to begin the formation of the embryo of. "She hath also conceived a son in her old age."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer was conceived by author Robert May in 1939. Two other names he thought of before deciding on Rudolph were Reginald and Rollo.
    • conceive To apprehend in the mind; form a distinct and correct notion of, or a notion which is not absurd: as, we cannot conceive an effect without a cause.
    • conceive To form as a general notion in the mind; represent in a general notion or conception in the mind; hence, design; plan; devise.
    • conceive To hold as an opinion; think; suppose; believe.
    • conceive To admit into the mind; have a sense or impression of; feel; experience.
    • conceive To formulate in words; express: as, he received a letter conceived in the following terms.
    • conceive To understand.
    • conceive To become pregnant with; bring into existence in the womb in an embryonic state.
    • conceive To generate; give rise to; bring into existence.
    • conceive To take in a mental image; have or form a conception or idea; have apprehension; think: with of.
    • conceive To hold an opinion: with of.
    • conceive To understand.
    • conceive To become pregnant.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There have been several documented cases of women giving birth to twins who had different fathers, including cases where the children were of different races. To do so, the mother had to have conceived both children in close proximity. There has also been one recent case where a mother gave birth to unrelated "twins." In that instance, the mother underwent in vitro fertilization and had her own child and the embryo of another couple accidentally implanted in her.
    • v.t Conceive kon-sēv′ to receive into and form in the womb: to form in the mind: to imagine or think: to understand: to express
    • v.i Conceive to become pregnant: to think
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Quotations

  • Ted Koysis
    Ted Koysis
    “A new idea is like a child. It's easier to conceive than to deliver.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
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    “I tell you that as long as I can conceive something better than myself I cannot be easy unless I am striving to bring it into existence or clearing the way for it.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
    George%20Bernard%20Shaw
    “As long as I can conceive something better than myself I cannot be easy unless I am striving to bring it into existence or clearing the way for it.”
  • Joseph Parker
    Joseph Parker
    “Only Christ could have conceived Christ.”
  • Virginia Satir
    Virginia Satir
    “I believe the greatest gift I can conceive of having from anyone is to be seen by them, heard by them, to be understood and touched by them.”
  • Napoleon Hill
    Napoleon%20Hill
    “Just as our eyes need light in order to see, our minds need ideas in order to conceive.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. conzoivre, concever, conceveir, F. concevoir, fr. L. oncipere, to take, to conceive; con-, + capere, to seize or take. See Capable, and cf. Conception

Usage

In literature:

He conceived that his exiled foes were plotting to poison him.
"Renaissance in Italy, Volumes 1 and 2" by John Addington Symonds
It is difficult to conceive of a more interesting human soul, I think.
"The Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Volume II" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Two modes of reality now present themselves to the life, neither of which allows itself to be conceived of as an illusion.
"An Interpretation of Rudolf Eucken's Philosophy" by W. Tudor Jones
Every theistic philosopher is bound, with whatever cautions, to conceive God by the analogy of the human mind.
"Theodicy" by G. W. Leibniz
It is then hard to conceive an appeal more singularly infelicitous than that which our modern positivists make to Buddhism.
"Is Life Worth Living?" by William Hurrell Mallock
Nothing like it was ever conceived of by the loftiest minds of antiquity.
"Companion to the Bible" by E. P. Barrows
She is a brave little woman, and helps me in every conceivable way.
"Certain Personal Matters" by H. G. Wells
We shall not labor this point, altho we conceive a great improvement might be effected in this department of learning.
"Lectures on Language" by William S. Balch
Perhaps it was the highest ideal that persons resembling the Major and Gertie could conceive.
"None Other Gods" by Robert Hugh Benson
If a man will follow after beauty, he is foolish not to conceive the beauty of all bodies as one and the same.
"The Evolution of Love" by Emil Lucka
What the man conceives himself to be differs widely from what others conceive him to be.
"Illusions" by James Sully
You may conceive how much we are naturalized when I tell you that I have received a serious offer of marriage for Sally.
"Letters from Egypt" by Lucie Duff Gordon
It was through me she conceived that unfortunate idea of your goodness.
"The Helpmate" by May Sinclair
Bertha showed my wife's letters to her friend, who conceived the most enthusiastic affection for Martella.
"Waldfried" by Berthold Auerbach
Indeterminate matter by a vaguely conceived process separates itself into "the hot" and "the cold.
"A Critical History of Greek Philosophy" by W. T. Stace
Sickness among primitive races is conceived to be a material substance to be extracted, or an evil spirit to be driven away by incantation.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 8" by Various
It is as difficult to conceive the power which binds all things to a common centre as to conceive the cause of animal sensation.
"A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 7 (of 10)" by François-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
No man can conceive of a choice as existing, which has not some particular object.
"An Examination of President Edwards' Inquiry into the Freedom of the Will" by Albert Bledsoe
Choice is not the cause of itself: it cannot be conceived of as struggling with itself in its own production.
"A Review of Edwards's" by Henry Tappan
A definite speaker is conceived in a definite, dramatic situation.
"Browning and the Dramatic Monologue" by S. S. Curry
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In poetry:

From orb to orb, from sphere to sphere
Shall what your eyes behold, discern,
What your purg'd ear hath heard, shall hear,
And what your thoughts conceive, shall learn.
"Sudden Death" by Lydia Howard Huntley Sigourney
One saw therein the life of man,
(Or so the poet found it,)
The yolk and white, conceive who can,
Were the glad earth, that, floating, span
In the glad heaven around it.
"Gold Egg: A Dream-Fantasy" by James Russell Lowell
Be patient:—and inform me, pray,
If this were worn by you or her to-day?
There lies the point, for, if you'll me believe,
Your husband did—the most you can conceive.
"The Servant Girl Justified" by Jean de La Fontaine
For Mary, conceived in all sinlessness;
And the sun, thro' the clouds of the East,
With the brightest and fairest of flashes,
Fringed the surplice of white for the Feast.
"The Immaculate Conception" by Abram Joseph Ryan
But had I wanted them had I liv'd still
With my deare Holiday; had there to my will
Beene an agreeing lucke, I can conceive
Happly I might have wish'd those, whom I leave.
"To Mr. Holiday Archdeacon of Oxon: from Flower 1625" by Robert Gomersall
Denys hath merited no slender praise,
In that She well supplied the Formers daies.
Conceive how Good she was, whose very worst
Unto her Knight was This, that She dyed First.
"On His Lady Denys" by William Strode

In news:

A Canadian Opera Company presentation of an opera in two acts, composed by Igor Stravinsky, production conceived and directed by Robert Lepage.
Opossum oppressed southern Brooklyn continues to blame City Hall for an ill-conceived rat-eradication scheme — but the mayor and even the governor say the whole thing is a figment of a varmint-obsessed population.
Is it going to be harder to conceive with just one ovary .
To determine when you're most likely to conceive, enter the first day of your last menstrual period.
This indicates the time in your cycle when you're most likely to conceive.
A Marriott Theater presentation of a musical and two acts, conceived and written by Aaron Thielen, music and lyrics by Michael Mahler.
Artist Jorge Pardo conceived and executed the installation design.
The Parthenon was conceived to embody the greatness of Greece and to celebrate Athens as the apex of that culture.
Conceived on the gigantic scale apparently customary in premodern Chinese literature, Tang's opera scored an equally gigantic, lasting success, both onstage and in print.
The walkway was first conceived in the 1960's by the Regional Planning Association to bring the public to the river.
The trend involves turning one's body into the shape of a wooden plank that rests rigidly, and often precariously, on chimneys, police cars, trees, basketball hoops, and any other conceivable surface.
No Survivor's Benefits For Posthumously Conceived.
Social Security Administration refusing to treat twins conceived through in vitro fertilization as heirs to deceased man.
One year after idea conceived, campus becomes a reality in Roseville.
Join Conceive Magazine in supporting the government's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) campaign that aims to improve babies' and mothers' health long before conception.
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In science:

Each of these different choices could conceivably give rise to different commutors and associators (i.e. bijections which prove commutativity and associativity).
Puzzles, Tableaux and Mosaics
It is quite conceivable that both of the statements in the above corollary hold.
On the Satisfiability Threshold and Clustering of Solutions of Random 3-SAT Formulas
If, on the other hand, the numerator is not significantly different from 0, then we cannot guarantee for anything: when dividing 0/0 any outcome is conceivable.
A Geometric Approach to Confidence Sets for Ratios: Fieller's Theorem, Generalizations, and Bootstrap
But it is conceivable to use independent Poisson variables at each of the nodes to construct the tree as well as the configuration space.
Contributions to Random Energy Models
It is quite conceivable that the present complicated model may always be equivalent to a tree GREM.
Contributions to Random Energy Models
This intuitive knowledge had been conceived by another British gentleman, Bill Hillier, professor at University College of London, within the concept of space syntax, a theory developed in the late 1970s, that seeks to reveal the mutual effects of complex spatial urban networks on society and vice versa [2, 3].
Exploring Urban Environments By Random Walks
Conceived and designed the experiments: SB PM.
The Blind Watchmaker Network: Scale-freeness and Evolution
This is, however, for only one realization of a random model at x = 0.5 and it is well conceivable that calculations on large models could yield even lower ωp .
First-principles study of the optical properties of MgxTi(1-x)H2
Intuition leads us to conceive time as the basis of causality and order.
Quantum randomness can be controlled by free will -a consequence of the before-before experiment
While different ways for effecting such a comparison are conceivable, the most natural choice for contrasting cyclic and acyclic schemes is to fix the interval between consecutive pulses, implying that higher levels of concatenation and permutation may need longer times to be reached.
Advantages of Randomization in Coherent Quantum Dynamical Control
It is worth noting that a triangular geometry as discussed above is conceivable with different interferometer topologies.
Triple Michelson Interferometer for a Third-Generation Gravitational Wave Detector
We wish to point-out here that our treatment of the twin paradox since it was conceived has been erroneous because the idealized twin paradox without the accelerations and decelerations, is not symmetric at all.
The Twin Paradox Revisited and Reformulated -- On the Possibility of Detecting Absolute Motion
They reveal unfamiliar aspects of post-measurement quantum dynamics: AZE, which has been conceived as a means of enhancing or accelerating the initial-state change[12, 13, 14, 15], here can either restore the equilibrium state or further depart from it via cooling.
Thermodynamical Control by Frequent Quantum Measurements
The mission called DynaMICCS for Dynamics and Magnetism from the Core to the Corona of the Sun is conceived to measure the observables which must identify the different sources of the solar cyclic variabilities.
Laboratory performances of the solar multichannel resonant scattering spectrometer prototype of the GOLF-New Generation instrument
The present work is an attempt at conceiving primitive groups as being yielded by sets of generators with a particular subset consisting of the so-called primitive generators i.e., generators such that they alone imply the group is primitive.
Permutations Which Make Transitive Groups Primitive
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