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conceive verb

1 think of/imagine

ADV. brilliantly, carefully The plan was brilliantly conceived. | poorly | broadly The course is very broadly conceived (= it covers a wide range of topics). | narrowly | originally The dam project was originally conceived in 1977.

VERB + CONCEIVE can't/cannot I cannot conceive why you paid out so much money. | be difficult to, be impossible to It is difficult to conceive of a society without money. | be easy to, be possible to

PREP. of We conceive of ourselves as individuals.

2 become pregnant

ADV. naturally She was unable to conceive a child naturally and was offered fertility treatment.

VERB + CONCEIVE be able/unable to