con·ceive /kənˈsi:v/ verb con·ceives; con·ceived; con·ceiv·ing
to think of or create (something) in the mind [+ obj
] ▪ conceive an idea ▪ a writer who has conceived [=imagined] an entire world of amazing creatures ▪ When the writer conceived this role, he had a specific actor in mind to play the part. ▪ The system was conceived [=invented] by a Swedish engineer. ▪ As conceived by the committee, the bill did not raise taxes.
] — + of ▪ They conceived of [=thought of, regarded] her as a genius. ▪ I can't conceive of [=imagine] a reason for not supporting this policy.
to become pregnant [no obj
] ▪ a woman who has been unable to conceive
] ▪ a woman who has been unable to conceive a child