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verb (used with object)
  1. to take in; ingest.
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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 formsin·cep·tor, noun
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Examples from the Web for incepting

Historical Examples

  • Gravitation is the incepting energy influence of the operation.

    The Energy System of Matter

    James Weir

  • This, however, is not of necessity the only aspect of an incepting influence.

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

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

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

British Dictionary definitions for incepting


verb (tr)
  1. (of organisms) to ingest (food)
  2. British (formerly) to take a master's or doctor's degree at a university
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  1. botany a rudimentary organ
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Derived Formsinceptor, 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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