Meaning of CONCEPTION in English


/ kənˈsepʃn; NAmE / noun


[ U ] the process of forming an idea or a plan :

The plan was brilliant in its conception but failed because of lack of money.


[ C , U ] conception (of sth) | conception (that ... ) an understanding or a belief of what sth is or what sth should be :

Marx's conception of social justice

He has no conception of how difficult life is if you're unemployed.


[ U , C ] the process of an egg being fertilized inside a woman's body so that she becomes pregnant :

the moment of conception

—see also conceive



Middle English : via Old French from Latin conceptio(n-) , from the verb concipere , from com- together + capere take.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.