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"conceive" in British English

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conceiveverb

uk   us   /kənˈsiːv/
  • 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) thatpeople are still ​treated so ​badly.
  • conceive verb (BECOME PREGNANT)

C2 [I or T] to ​becomepregnant, or to ​cause a ​baby to ​begin to ​form: Do you ​knowexactly when you conceived? The ​baby was conceived in ​March, so will be ​born in ​December.
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(Definition of conceive from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"conceive" in American English

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conceiveverb

 us   /kənˈsiv/
  • conceive verb (IMAGINE)

to ​bring a ​thought or ​idea into being; ​imagine: [I always + adv/prep] When they ​talk about billions of ​dollars, I can’t ​even conceive of that much ​money. [+ question word] It’s hard to conceive what the ​world will be like a hundred ​years from now.
  • conceive verb (BECOME PREGNANT)

[I/T] fml to ​becomepregnant, or to ​cause a ​baby to ​begin to ​form
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