inception

[ in-sep-shuhn ]
/ ɪnˈsɛp ʃən /

noun

beginning; start; commencement.
British.
  1. the act of graduating or earning a university degree, usually a master's or doctor's degree, especially at Cambridge University.
  2. the graduation ceremony; commencement.
(in science fiction) the act of instilling an idea into someone's mind by entering his or her dreams.

Nearby words

  1. incentive pay,
  2. incentive travel,
  3. incentively,
  4. incentivize,
  5. incept,
  6. inceptisol,
  7. inceptive,
  8. inceptively,
  9. incertitude,
  10. incessancy

Origin of inception

1375–1425; late Middle English incepcion < Latin inceptiōn- (stem of inceptiō), equivalent to incept(us) begun (see incept) + -iōn- -ion

Can be confusedconcept conception inception

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British Dictionary definitions for inception

inception

/ (ɪnˈsɛpʃən) /

noun

the beginning, as of a project or undertaking
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Word Origin and History for inception

inception

n.

early 15c., "beginning, starting," from Middle French incepcion and directly from Latin inceptionem (nominative inceptio) "a beginning, undertaking," noun of action from past participle stem of incipere "begin, take in hand," from in- "in, on" (see in- (2)) + cipere comb. form of capere "take, seize" (see capable).

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