conceive

To conceive is to come up with an idea. If you conceive a plan for your little brother's birthday, you dream up the perfect party, complete with a magician, rented ponies, and a cake shaped like a rocket.

Latin roots for conceive (by way of French) point to "take into" either "the womb" or "the mind." An idea is sometimes called "a seed" or "the seed of an idea," and conceive means to produce something from inside the mind — or to become pregnant. Another expression is "pregnant with ideas" or "pregnant with possibilities," and someone who can "conceive of a thousand ways" to solve a problem or design something is full of new ideas.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: conceive

1
v
have the idea for
2
v
judge or regard; look upon; judge
3
v
become pregnant; undergo conception
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: conceive
1

v have the idea for

“He conceived of a robot that would help paralyzed patients”
“This library was well conceived
Synonyms:
conceptualise, conceptualize, gestate
Types:
design
conceive or fashion in the mind; invent
preconceive
conceive beforehand
discover, find
make a discovery, make a new finding
Type of:
create by mental act, create mentally
create mentally and abstractly rather than with one's hands
2

v judge or regard; look upon; judge

“The racist conceives such people to be inferior”
Synonyms:
believe, consider, think
Types:
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hold
remain committed to
rethink
change one's mind
think
dispose the mind in a certain way
esteem, look on, look upon, regard as, repute, take to be, think of
look on as or consider
feel
have a feeling or perception about oneself in reaction to someone's behavior or attitude
consider, reckon, regard, see, view
deem to be
expect
consider reasonable or due
receive
regard favorably or with disapproval
reconsider
consider again; give new consideration to; usually with a view to changing
reconsider
consider again (a bill) that had been voted upon before, with a view to altering it
include
consider as part of something
backpedal
modify one's opinion, make it less strong
about-face
change one's mind and assume the opposite viewpoint
consider
regard or treat with consideration, respect, and esteem
call
consider or regard as being
like
feel about or towards; consider, evaluate, or regard
relativise, relativize
consider or treat as relative
identify
consider (oneself) as similar to somebody else
favor, favour
consider as the favorite
abstract
consider a concept without thinking of a specific example; consider abstractly or theoretically
reify
consider an abstract concept to be real
idealise, idealize
consider or render as ideal
deem, hold, take for, view as
keep in mind or convey as a conviction or view
esteem, prise, prize, respect, value
regard highly; think much of
disesteem, disrespect
have little or no respect for; hold in contempt
make
consider as being
capitalise, capitalize
consider expenditures as capital assets rather than expenses
appreciate, prize, treasure, value
hold dear
Type of:
evaluate, judge, pass judgment
form a critical opinion of
3

v become pregnant; undergo conception

“She cannot conceive
“My daughter was conceived in Christmas Day”
Types:
superfetate
conceive when a fetus is already present in the uterus
Type of:
change state, turn
undergo a transformation or a change of position or action
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