- to take in; ingest.
Origin of incept
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Examples from the Web for incept
In Jan. 1527/8, he obtained grace to incept after fourteen years of study.
Those about to incept first read their lectures, then opened a discussion on certain questions.
In Nov. 1516, he obtained grace to incept, and asked for a reduction of his composition by one-half, which was probably granted.
The meaning of this is not clear; perhaps he had already gone round once and failed to incept at the ensuing Congregation.
In 1526 he supplicated that four years study after the degree of Bachelor might entitle him to incept.
- (of organisms) to ingest (food)
- British (formerly) to take a master's or doctor's degree at a university
- botany a rudimentary organ
C19: from Latin inceptus begun, attempted, from incipere to begin, take in hand, from in- ² + capere to take
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Word Origin and History for incept
1560s, from Latin inceptus, past participle of incipere "to begin" (see inception). Related: Incepted.
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