incept

[ in-sept ]
/ ɪnˈsɛpt /
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verb (used with object)

to take in; ingest.

Nearby words

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

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 inceptor

  • The proceedings were terminated by a speech delivered by the presiding master in praise of the inceptor.

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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


British Dictionary definitions for inceptor

incept

/ (ɪnˈsɛpt) /

verb (tr)

(of organisms) to ingest (food)
British (formerly) to take a master's or doctor's degree at a university

noun

botany a rudimentary organ
Derived Formsinceptor, noun

Word Origin for incept

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

incept

v.

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

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