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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
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inceptor, noun Unabridged
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  • He has been the inceptor often, and always a worker, in every public event in the town.

    Historic Fredericksburg John T. Goolrick
  • The proceedings were terminated by a speech delivered by the presiding master in praise of the inceptor.

    The Grey Friars in Oxford Andrew G. Little
British Dictionary definitions for inceptor


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 inceptor



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

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