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[in-sept] /ɪnˈsɛpt/
verb (used with object)
to take in; ingest.
Origin of incept
1560-70; < Latin inceptus past participle of incipere to begin, undertake, equivalent to in- in-2 + cep- (combining form of cap- take; see captive) + -tus past participle suffix; sense “take in” by literal translation of prefix and base
Related forms
inceptor, noun Unabridged
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  • Neither is any continuous expenditure of energy required for the maintenance of this incepting influence.

  • The incepting energy influence is found in the residual magnetism.

  • No change has really occurred in the incepting energy conditions.

  • What is the incepting influence in this process of transformation?

  • In a similar way, planetary material under certain conditions may become the source of an incepting luminous field.

  • Gravitation is the incepting energy influence of the operation.

  • Other aspects of incepting energy may be derived from the examples cited above.

  • This status continued through Lent, and hence the incepting bachelor was described as stans in quadragesima.

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  • In any case, this in no way affects the general action of light as an incepting agency.

  • In fact the lapse of time is all that remains of incepting and proceeding to the higher degrees.

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British Dictionary definitions for incepting


verb (transitive)
(of organisms) to ingest (food)
(Brit) (formerly) to take a master's or doctor's degree at a university
(botany) a rudimentary organ
Derived Forms
inceptor, noun
Word Origin
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 incepting



1560s, from Latin inceptus, past participle of incipere "to begin" (see inception). Related: Incepted.

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