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inception

[in-sep-shuh n] /ɪnˈsɛp ʃən/
noun
1.
beginning; start; commencement.
2.
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.
3.
(in science fiction) the act of instilling an idea into someone's mind by entering his or her dreams.
Origin of inception
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English incepcion < Latin inceptiōn- (stem of inceptiō), equivalent to incept(us) begun (see incept) + -iōn- -ion
Can be confused
concept, conception, inception.
Synonyms
1. origin, outset, source, root, conception.
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inception

/ɪnˈsɛpʃən/
noun
1.
the beginning, as of a project or undertaking
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Word Origin and History for 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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