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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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Clearly, the conceiver of this spiral notion was oriented upon amorphous requirements and continuous stakeholder inputs for the alleviation of project risk with a very mutable product (Boehm, 1988).
The chief cause of this ugliness of modern architecture is that the subject conceiver is often devoid or negligent of inner deeper imagination, and higher vision.
It would be interesting to reflect one day on the extent to which the conceivers of the Barcelona process took inspiration from another, brilliantly successful European venture, the Helsinki Accords.
The book delves into the philosophy of the conceivers of the project, the nature of users, the potential of the network of which Malmo is a key part, the changing information environment and the quest for `high technological efficiency and humanist values' (p49).
Ultimately, people cause every accident - either as conceivers, designers, builders, testers, operators or managers.
We are the descendants of the original conceivers of our common identity.
Just over a year ago, following an invitation by its conceivers to come and see how it worked, I wrote a column about Betfair, the gist of which was that I couldn't see how it could fail and that if I were a bookmaker I'd be very afraid because it would surely put me out of business.