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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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That means it's three times more difficult to conceive if you're over 40 than if you're 22.
In distinguishing between pure intellection and imagination, Descartes uses the example of the chiliagon to illustrate how the mind conceives of those things that are unrepresentable to the imagination.
He argues that because he has an idea of perfection against which he measures himself, he can only conceive of himself as imperfect or finite in the face of this perfection or infinitude.
This "mistake" is the result of the influence that pictures have had on philosophers' notions of mental representation: "Their sole reason for positing such images [images that are conveyed intact from the senses to the brain] was that they saw how easily a picture can stimulate our mind to conceive the objects depicted in it, and so it seemed to them that, in the same way, the mind must be stimulated, by little pictures formed in our head, to conceive objects that affect our senses."(18)
Therefore there is a marked disjunction for him between what perspective can do and what the mind can conceive.
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.
"I conceive, I conceive, I conceive ...," he began, to which Churchill commented, "The honorable member conceived thrice but did not bring forth anything.
The great theologian Karl Barth noted that the German verb empfangen means both "to receive a gift" and "to conceive a child." In the Annunciation Mary does both.