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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Conceive  \Con*ceive"\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Conceived};  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Conceiving}.]  [OF.  conzoivre  concever,  conceveir  F. 
  concevoir  fr  L.  oncipere  to  take  to  conceive;  con-  + 
  capere  to  seize  or  take  See  {Capable},  and  cf 
  {Conception}.] 
  1.  To  receive  into  the  womb  and  begin  to  breed;  to  begin  the 
  formation  of  the  embryo  of 
 
  She  hath  also  conceived  a  son  in  her  old  age.  --Luke 
  i.  36. 
 
  2.  To  form  in  the  mind;  to  plan  to  devise;  to  generate;  to 
  originate;  as  to  conceive  a  purpose,  plan  hope. 
 
  It  was  among  the  ruins  of  the  Capitol  that  I  first 
  conceived  the  idea  of  a  work  which  has  amused  and 
  exercised  near  twenty  years  of  my  life.  --Gibbon. 
 
  Conceiving  and  uttering  from  the  heart  words  of 
  falsehood.  --Is.  lix.  13. 
 
  3.  To  apprehend  by  reason  or  imagination;  to  take  into  the 
  mind;  to  know  to  imagine;  to  comprehend;  to  understand. 
  ``I  conceive  you.''  --Hawthorne. 
 
  O  horror,  horror,  horror!  Tongue  nor  heart  Cannot 
  conceive  nor  name  thee!  --Shak. 
 
  You  will  hardly  conceive  him  to  have  been  bred  in 
  the  same  climate.  --Swift. 
 
  Syn:  To  apprehend;  imagine;  suppose;  understand;  comprehend; 
  believe;  think. 




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