Definitions of conception

  1. the act of becoming pregnant; fertilization of an ovum by a spermatozoon Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. the creation of something in the mind Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. The state of being conceived; beginning. Newage Dictionary DB
  4. The power or faculty of apprehending of forming an idea in the mind; the power of recalling a past sensation or perception. Newage Dictionary DB
  5. The formation in the mind of an image, idea, or notion, apprehension. Newage Dictionary DB
  6. The image, idea, or notion of any action or thing which is formed in the mind; a concept; a notion; a universal; the product of a rational belief or judgment. See Concept. Newage Dictionary DB
  7. Idea; purpose; design. Newage Dictionary DB
  8. The act or power of understanding; an idea or notion; the act of becoming pregnant. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  9. The act of conceiving: the thing conceived: the formation in the mind of an image or idea: a notion. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  10. Act of conceiving; notion; idea. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  11. The act or faculty of conceiving, or that which is conceived; an idea; notion. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  12. Act of conceiving; the first formation of the foetus of an animal; idea, thought, or image conceived; a notion. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  13. The act of conceiving or being conceived; image or idea in the mind; view, sentiment, or thought. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  14. See under conceit. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for conception

  1. It should be remembered, too, that the lofty conception which most Americans held of the opportunities and customs of their country stood in the way of a frank study of conditions and an equally frank admission of abuses. – The United States Since The Civil War by Charles Ramsdell Lingley
  2. He once told me that the fear of it was a part of his earliest consciousness, before the time when he could have had any intellectual conception of it. – Questionable Shapes by William Dean Howells