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conceptionnoun

uk   us   /kənˈsep.ʃən/
  • conception noun (IDEA)

C2 [C or U] an ​idea of what something or someone is like, or a ​basicunderstanding of a ​situation or a ​principle: People from different ​cultures have different conceptions of the ​world. She has a conception ofpeople as being ​basically good. I ​thought the book's writing was ​dreadful, and ​its conception (= the ​ideas on which it was ​based)evenworse. He has ​absolutely no conception of how a ​successfulbusiness should ​run.
  • conception noun (BABY)

[U] the ​process of a ​male and a ​femalesexcelljoining and ​causing a ​baby to ​start to ​form: at/from the ​moment of conception
(Definition of conception from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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conceptionnoun

 us   /kənˈsep·ʃən/
  • conception noun (IDEA)

[C/U] an ​idea or a ​particular way you ​understand or ​think about something, or a ​basicunderstanding of a ​situation or ​principle: [U] Most ​children have no conception of ​time.
  • conception noun (BABY)

[U] the ​process in which a ​babystarts to ​form in the ​uterus from the coming together of a ​sperm and an ​egg
(Definition of conception from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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