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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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Dangers: Because it is so easy to conceive at this age, the danger here is getting pregnant, year after year.
According to experts, one must lose weight when trying to conceive or planning for any infertility treatment.
In the past ten years more than 2,600 babies have been delivered with the help of new age fertility treatments at Conceive of which nearly 25 per cent have been twins says Dr Pankaj Shrivastav.
Pankaj in order to achieve superior growth for Conceive Gynecology & Fertility Centre.
In the overall sample, the odds that women were trying to avoid pregnancy, rather than being okay either way, were inversely associated with their ideal number of children, intentions and desire to have a baby, trust that they will conceive, self-assessment as infertile and relationship satisfaction (odds ratios, 0.
That only adds to the isolation of being childless and unable to conceive.
Let us recall, although it goes without saying, that the heirs of Hellenic mathematics had been accumulating results and methods through active research for more than two centuries, and were thus led to conceive of disciplines unknown to the Greeks: algebra, the entire Diophantine analysis, and the algebraic theory of the cubic equations, to name only a few.
Danish researchers analysed almost 56,000 births where mothers recorded the length of time it took them to conceive.
In the ruling, a woman unsuccessfully underwent repeated assisted reproductive technology procedures to enable her to conceive using her own eggs.
According to research out today, women who conceive in spring improve their chances of having a girl, while those who make babies in autumn can expect to see a boy nine months later.
One day, the fertility industry's efforts to help couples conceive could bring society to the brink of altering the genetic heritage of the species.
The pagan philosophers, Lactantius said, were "not able to conceive the truth, nor was the religious system of the gods able to give an account of itself, since it is without it.
Because the women in the study were trying to conceive for the first time, none of them used birth control.
Once cloning technology is perfected, however, infertile individuals will no longer need viable eggs or sperm to conceive their own genetic children - any body cell will do.