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conceive of (someone or something)

To think of someone or something, often in a particular way. Considering her lack of patience, I have a really hard time conceiving of her as a kindergarten teacher. Leave it to Ben to conceive of a totally ridiculous plan.
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conceive of (someone or something) as (someone or something)

To think of someone or something in a different way than usual. Considering her lack of patience, I have a really hard time conceiving of her as a kindergarten teacher.
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conceive of someone or something

to think of or invent the notion of someone or something. Who on earth ever conceived of doing this? Edison conceived of many very useful things that we now use every day.
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conceive of someone or something as someone or something

to think of someone as being someone else; to think of something as being something else. I can't conceive of you as a pilot. I can conceive of this grassy spot as a very interesting setting for a cottage.
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Propositions which are directly conceivable on the basis of philosophical principles.
It is therefore conceivable that the social appraisals of a person's difference, vis-a-vis stigma and causal attributions, could impact the adjustment process of an individual with a visible disability in ways we are not yet sure of, but are very important to understand.
Mr Thomas said: 'On one occasion we see Noteman put talcum powder into Mrs Neal's mouth and I can see no conceivable reason why she had done that.
If we say (with Levine) that a proposition p is conceivable if and only if not-p is not a priori, then type-B materialists, unlike type-A materialists, hold that zombies are conceivable.
General Rashid Quereshi, spokesman for President General Pervez Musharraf's military government, said: "We have the capacity to react and retaliate in all conceivable ways.
He neglects to demonstrate where the money to pay for his scheme will come from, and he fails to provide a convincing argument for why big business would allow this kind of competition to succeed when it has muscled small business out of the picture at every other conceivable point.
At times the novel veers toward overkill; it seems that every conceivable tragedy happens to most of the characters most of the time.
It is conceivable that Germany could turn into the EMU's Achilles' heel.
Given such an ideal situation for learning, is it not conceivable that an original and unique philosophy and methodology of education might develop that would form a pattern for other educational agencies?
In an easy to understand format it contains articles covering every conceivable health topic from childhood stuttering to insomnia and every disease, disability, and injury imaginable.
And, in turn, measures of unemployment took the forms they did because they were the product of various state reform projects which became conceivable at different times in the three nations.
The stands scattered across two levels of the exhibition hall, belonging to more than ninety exhibitors, gave the public an opportunity to see, try, compare, and buy every conceivable product connected with dance.
Conversion of the main types to lower viscosity levels is hardly conceivable in the short and medium terms, since it would have to be preceded by the establishment of additional large-scale plantations with suitably cloned rubber trees and relatively expensive latex preparation equipment.
With XPI, we can offer our truck and bus customers the best conceivable operating economy, while reducing emissions so that we meet both Euro 5 and 6 environmental standards," Mr Hallberg says.
At the annual Christmas Creche Art and Music Festival hosted by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints congregations, just about every conceivable material and style gets used to depict Jesus' birth in a Bethlehem stable.