Meaning of CONCEPTION in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ kən-ˈsep-shən ]


Etymology: Middle English concepcioun, from Anglo-French concepcion, from Latin conception-, conceptio, from concipere

Date: 14th century



(1) : the process of becoming pregnant involving fertilization or implantation or both

(2) : embryo , fetus

b. : beginning

joy had the like conception in our eyes — Shakespeare


a. : the capacity, function, or process of forming or understanding ideas or abstractions or their symbols

b. : a general idea : concept

c. : a complex product of abstract or reflective thinking

d. : the sum of a person's ideas and beliefs concerning something

3. : the originating of something in the mind

Synonyms: see idea

• con·cep·tion·al -shnəl, -shə-n ə l adjective

• con·cep·tive -ˈsep-tiv adjective

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.