[ in-sep-shuhn ]
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  1. beginning; start; commencement.

  2. British.

    • the act of graduating or earning a university degree, usually a master's or doctor's degree, especially at Cambridge University.

    • the graduation ceremony; commencement.

  1. (in science fiction) the act of instilling an idea into someone's mind by entering their dreams.

Origin of inception

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English incepcion, from Latin inceptiōn- (stem of inceptiō ), equivalent to incept(us) “begun” (see incept) + -iōn- -ion

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British Dictionary definitions for inception


/ (ɪnˈsɛpʃən) /

  1. the beginning, as of a project or undertaking

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