Pregnancy vs Conceive - What's the difference?

pregnancy | conceive |

As a noun pregnancy

is (countable) the condition of being pregnant.

As a verb conceive is

to develop an idea; to form in the mind; to plan; to devise; to originate.




(pregnancies) (wikipedia pregnancy)
  • (countable) The condition of being pregnant.
  • * 2012 , Caroline Davies, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge announce they are expecting first baby'' (in ''The Guardian , 3 December 2012)[]
  • News that the duchess is in the "very early stages" of pregnancy with the third-in-line to the throne was officially released after she was taken to the King Edward VII hospital in central London, suffering from hyperemesis gravidarun, very acute morning sickness.
  • The period of time this condition prevails.
  • (uncountable) The progression of stages from conception to birth.
  • Synonyms

    * gestation * gravidity

    See also

    * with child



    Alternative forms

    * (obsolete)


  • To develop an idea; to form in the mind; to plan; to devise; to originate.
  • * 1606 , , Shakespeare, II-4
  • We shall, / As I conceive the journey, be at the Mount / Before you, Lepidus.
  • * Gibbon
  • It was among the ruins of the Capitol that I first conceived the idea of a work which has amused and exercised near twenty years of my life.
  • *
  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=3 , passage=Now all this was very fine, but not at all in keeping with the Celebrity's character as I had come to conceive it. The idea that adulation ever cloyed on him was ludicrous in itself. In fact I thought the whole story fishy, and came very near to saying so.}}
  • To understand (someone).
  • * Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • I conceive you.
  • * Jonathan Swift
  • You will hardly conceive him to have been bred in the same climate.
  • (senseid)(intransitive, or, transitive) To become pregnant.
  • * Bible, Luke i. 36
  • She hath also conceived a son in her old age.