conceive vs gestate what difference

what is difference between conceive and gestate

English

Alternative forms

  • conceave (obsolete)

Etymology

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.

Pronunciation

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

Verb

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

Translations

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

Verb

conceive

  1. Alternative form of conceyven


English

Etymology

Back-formation from gestation.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /dʒɛsˈteɪt/
  • Rhymes: -eɪt

Verb

gestate (third-person singular simple present gestates, present participle gestating, simple past and past participle gestated)

  1. (intransitive) To carry offspring in the uterus from conception to delivery.
    • 2012, H. DeWayne Ashmead, Amino Acid Chelation in Human and Animal Nutrition, CRC Press (→ISBN)
      In the early 1960s, a study was conducted in which gestating rats were given diets containing the same mineral content of mineral salts or amino acid chelates.
  2. (by extension, intransitive) To develop an idea.

Related terms

  • gestation

Translations

Anagrams

  • tagetes

Latin

Participle

gestāte

  1. vocative masculine singular of gestātus

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