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conceive

verb uk   /kənˈsiːv/ us  

conceive verb (IMAGINE)

C2 [I or T] to imagine something: I think my uncle still conceives of me as a four-year-old. He couldn't conceive of a time when he would have no job. [+ question word] I can't conceive (= it is too shocking to imagine) how anyone could behave so cruelly. [+ that] I find it hard to conceive (= it is too shocking to imagine) that people are still treated so badly.

conceive verb (INVENT)

C2 [T] to invent a plan or an idea: He conceived the plot for this film while he was still a student. The exhibition was conceived by the museum's director.
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conceive verb (BECOME PREGNANT)

C2 [I or T] to become pregnant, or to cause a baby to begin to form: Do you know exactly when you conceived? The baby was conceived in March, so will be born in December.
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