Definition of “conception” - English Dictionary

“conception” in British English

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conceptionnoun

uk /kənˈsep.ʃən/ us /kənˈsep.ʃən/

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

(Definition of “conception” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“conception” in American English

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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 basic understanding of a situation or principle:

[ U ] Most children have no conception of time.

conception noun (BABY)

[ U ] the process in which a baby starts 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)