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conception

noun uk   /kənˈsep.ʃən/ us  

conception noun (IDEA)

C2 [C or U] an idea of what something or someone is like, or a basic understanding of a situation or a principle: People from different cultures have different conceptions of the world. She has a conception of people as being basically good. I thought the book's writing was dreadful, and its conception (= the ideas on which it was based) even worse. He has absolutely no conception of how a successful business should run.

conception noun (BABY)

[U] the process of a male and a female sex cell joining and causing a baby to start to form: at/from the moment of conception
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