2014년 12월 14일 일요일

Dic: conceive sth; conceive of sth


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

CF.
  • 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.

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