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It became one of the top lookups on Merriam-Webster starting July 16, 2010.


The movie Inception opened that weekend.

Inception means "an act, process, or instance of beginning: commencement."

The word is often used in a phrase that begins with since or from as a formal way to say "from the beginning" – e.g., "We'll assist you at every stage, from inception to completion.'

Inception comes from the Latin word that means "to begin."

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