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From Middle English conceyven, from Old French concevoir, conceveir, from Latin concipiō, concipere (to take), from con- (together) + capiō (to take). Compare deceive, perceive, receive.


  • IPA(key): /kənˈsiːv/
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  • Rhymes: -iːv


conceive (third-person singular simple present conceives, present participle conceiving, simple past and past participle conceived)

  1. (transitive) To develop an idea; to form in the mind; to plan; to devise; to originate.
  2. (transitive) To understand (someone).
  3. (intransitive or transitive) To become pregnant (with).
    Assisted procreation can help those trying to conceive.
  4. To generate or engender; to bring into being.
    • 1887, H. Rider Haggard, She: A History of Adventure[1]:
      At the mouth of the cave we found a single litter with six bearers, all of them mutes, waiting, and with them I was relieved to see our old friend Billali, for whom I had conceived a sort of affection.

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  1. Alternative form of conceyven