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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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Conceivably, first units will be put into general use by June.
Based upon this data, these products could conceivably be used to substitute for the flu shot in winter or protect against other contagious viral diseases when vaccines are not readily available," he added.
We were probably facing looking at being in a building that we would conceivably outgrow within 10 years,'' said Julia Rodriguez Elliott, co-artistic director for the theater company.
Like much of Mir's work, the project's structural open-endedness evokes a spirit of friendly egalitarianism, conjuring a sprawling network of mutual interest that we all might conceivably join, either simply as viewers or by actually submitting our own suggestions to an e-mail address provided on the handout.
Says DeForest: "Studying the patterns of flares around these newer stars could conceivably help us understand more about the conditions under which life evolved on Earth.
An operator using a joystick at a distance could conceivably run underground mining-vehicles from another part of the world.
The appeals court reversed and remanded, finding that the inmate's claims could conceivably implicate Eighth Amendment concerns.
In the hands of excellent performers the play might conceivably be a blackly humorous, over-the-top actor's exercise.
And, because the situation in these neighboring markets could conceivably continue well into the future, Westchester should further improve in 2001.
This method overcomes the requirement of some systems to physically load the tape in order to obtain this information and can conceivably provide more information than a barcode affixed to a cartridge.
Affiliate Program members who refer enough friends and family could conceivably never have to pay for telephony services for calling anywhere in the world whether they are using a computer or mobile phone.
There are little pockets on the far west around Point Mugu that could conceivably provide another home range.
Yet any additional resonance it might conceivably have gained from the concurrent historical exhibition on the floor above seemed oddly but quite purposely muted.
Conceivably drills at a remote mine could be run from an operator in Montreal and scoop trains from Toronto with controls transferred to another centre in Tokyo and Paris to ensure round-the-clock operations.
The appeals court found that as construed, the statute does not violate due process because when linked with the requirement that the prisoner contribute part of the award to payment of the fee, it could conceivably inhibit prisoners and their counsel from filing frivolous or low-value suits.