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English definition of “conceive”

conceive

verb [I or T] (IMAGINE)    /kənˈsiːv/
C2 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.Imagining and conceiving
(Definition of conceive verb (IMAGINE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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