[ in-sept ]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to take in; ingest.

Origin of incept

First recorded in 1560–70; from Latin inceptus, past participle of incipere “to begin, undertake,” equivalent to in- “in” + cep- (combining form of cap- “to take”) + -tus past participle suffix; the sense “to take in” by literal translation of prefix and base; see in-2, captive

Other words from incept

  • in·cep·tor, noun

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How to use incept in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for incept


/ (ɪnˈsɛpt) /

  1. (of organisms) to ingest (food)

  2. British (formerly) to take a master's or doctor's degree at a university

  1. botany a rudimentary organ

Origin of incept

C19: from Latin inceptus begun, attempted, from incipere to begin, take in hand, from in- ² + capere to take

Derived forms of incept

  • inceptor, noun

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