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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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Historical Examples
  • Gravitation is the incepting energy influence of the operation.

  • This, however, is not of necessity the only aspect of an 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?

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

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

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  • The incepting Cambridge bachelor, then, wore a cappa, a fine hood was gradually restricted to the master of arts.

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  • It begins with several psalms; then several short prayers for the incepting hermit, mentioning him by name.

  • It is not to be supposed, however, that this is the only aspect in which incepting influences may be presented.

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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