conceive of

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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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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.
In order to doubt we must be able to conceive of the possibility that something may be different from the way it presents itself to us.