1. conceive (of) sth:
- to develop or form, esp. in the mind.
- If you conceive a plan or idea, you think of it and work out how it can be done.
- She had conceived the idea of a series of novels.
- He conceived of the first truly portable computer in 1968.
- She conceived a passion for music.
2. conceive of sth / conceive N-clause
- (1) to have an idea of; imagine; think. (2) to hold as an opinion; believe
- If you cannot conceive of something, you cannot imagine it or believe it.
- If you conceive (of) something as a particular thing, you consider it to be that thing.
- I just can't even conceive of that quantity of money.
- He was immensely ambitious but unable to conceive of winning power for himself.
- The ancients conceived the earth as afloat in water.
- We conceive of the family as being in a constant state of change.
- Elvis conceived of himself as a ballad singer.
- Language may be conceived of as a process which arises from social interaction.
- I can hardly conceive what it must be like here in winter.
- He could not conceive that anything really serious could be worrying his friend.
..... Collins, Cobuild, LDOCE
- The state is about efficient administration, not about power and conflict.
- He conceives of the state as about efficient administration, not about power and conflict.
- The state is conceived of as about efficient administration, not about power and conflict.