CONCEIVE, verb transitive [Latin , to take.]
1. To receive into the womb, and breed; to begin the formation of the embryo or fetus of animal.
Elisabeth hath conceived a son in her old age. Luke 1:31.
In sin did my mother conceive me. Psalms 51:5.
2. To form in the mind; to imagine; to devise.
They conceive mischief and bring forth vanity. Job 15:35.
Nebuchadnezzar hath conceived a purpose against you. Jeremiah 49:30.
3. To form an idea in the mind; to understand; to comprehend.
We cannot conceive the manner in which spirit operates upon matter.
4. To think; to be of opinion; to have an idea; to imagine.
You can hardly conceive this man to have been bred in the same climate.
CONCEIVE, verb intransitive
1. To have a fetus formed in the womb; to breed; to become pregnant.
Thou shalt conceive and bear a son. Judges 13:3.
2. To think; to have a conception or idea.
CONCEIVE of things clearly and distinctly in their own natures. The grieved commons hardly conceive of me.
3. To understand; to comprehend; to have a complete idea of; as, I cannot conceive by what means this event has been produced.