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Conceive vs Grasp - What's the difference?

conceive | grasp |

As a verb conceive

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

As an acronym grasp is

(software|object-oriented design).



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.



    (wikipedia grasp)


    (en verb)
  • To grip; to take hold, particularly with the hand.
  • (senseid)To understand.
  • I have never been able to grasp the concept of infinity .

    Derived terms

    * grasp the nettle


    (en noun)
  • Grip.
  • *
  • *:Turning back, then, toward the basement staircase, she began to grope her way through blinding darkness, but had taken only a few uncertain steps when, of a sudden, she stopped short and for a little stood like a stricken thing, quite motionless save that she quaked to her very marrow in the grasp of a great and enervating fear.
  • (senseid)Understanding.
  • That which is accessible; that which is within one's reach or ability.
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