conceive vs conceptualise what difference

what is difference between conceive and conceptualise


Alternative forms

  • conceave (obsolete)


From Middle English conceyven, from Old French concevoir, conceveir, from Latin concipiō, concipere (to take), from con- (together) + capiō (to take). Compare deceive, perceive, receive.


  • IPA(key): /kənˈsiːv/
  • Rhymes: -iːv


conceive (third-person singular simple present conceives, present participle conceiving, simple past and past participle conceived)

  1. (transitive) To develop an idea; to form in the mind; to plan; to devise; to originate.
    • 1606, Antony and Cleopatra, Shakespeare, II-4
      We shall, / As I conceive the journey, be at the Mount / Before you, Lepidus.
    • 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.
  2. (transitive) To understand (someone).
    • I conceive you.
    • You will hardly conceive him to have been bred in the same climate.
  3. (intransitive or transitive) To become pregnant (with).
    • She hath also conceived a son in her old age.
  4. To generate or engender; to bring into being.

Related terms

  • conceivable
  • conceiver
  • concept
  • conception


Further reading

  • conceive in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • conceive in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.

Middle English



  1. Alternative form of conceyven



  • (UK) IPA(key): /kənˈsɛː.)əl.aɪz/


conceptualise (third-person singular simple present conceptualises, present participle conceptualising, simple past and past participle conceptualised)

  1. Non-Oxford British English standard spelling of conceptualize.




  1. first-person singular present indicative of conceptualiser
  2. third-person singular present indicative of conceptualiser
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of conceptualiser
  4. third-person singular present subjunctive of conceptualiser
  5. second-person singular imperative of conceptualiser

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