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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Propositions which are directly conceivable on the basis of philosophical principles.
The purported subject could be any conceivable human problem or predicament, and the supposed objective may be to banish that problem from our lives.
The real question is, "what is conceivable?" Labour, who have the third least number of councillors, have already indicated they will not be part of any joint administration and prefer to stay in opposition.
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They were a great civilization centuries ahead of their time in every conceivable facet.
It is well observed that persons with disabilities experience social stigma much more than the general population, and the enduring presence of stigma in our society suggests that the answer to the above question might also be "yes,"--that because of stigma, it is conceivable that the acute experience of self-awareness may affect persons with visible disabilities differently than able-bodied persons.
Their dissemination to every part of Russia and installation in every conceivable setting helped to keep alive the idea of Holy Russia as a sacred space constructed on the religious-political notion of Moscow as the Third Rome.
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Paulson says, "Because the human genome is full of polymorphisms, including countless single-nucleotide polymorphisms, it is conceivable that some of these might be associated with diseases, or traits, that allow them to be the 'hook' by which selective targeting [of a gene] can occur." The ability of siRNAs to knock down disease-causing proteins coded by dominant genes offers hope for new and effective treatment of diseases that other genetic engineering strategies--such as gene replacement therapy--can not address.
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The index covers just about every botanical topic conceivable between "acacias" and "zygogynum." Bernhardt more than meets his stated goal of creating a book that is evocative of earlier nature writers such as James Berry and Harriet Keeler, while including updated information about structures and chemicals that these earlier writers in pre-electron micrograph days could never have dreamed of.
Chapter 2 replies to the conceivability argument against materialism, namely that "zombies" (creatures physically identical to conscious creatures but who lack consciousness) are conceivable, hence possible.