conceive of (someone or something)

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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

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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It would have been hard to even conceive of us being in such a shortlist 10 years ago, but the pace of change and the reputation of Gateshead and Newcastle has now positioned us as a place that other cities and nations look to as a model.
No one could conceive of us winning a case where you come to someone's house and because they throw open the door quickly you shoot them in the stomach and leave them with a bullet still in their kidney,'' Goldberg said.
I think adults, especially boomers, they had a huge amount of freedom when they were teen-agers, and they can't conceive of us having the same situation,'' Sofen said.