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incept

verb in·cept \ə̇nˈsept\

Definition of incept

-ed/-ing/-s

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 archaic :  begin commence undertake

  3. 2 [influenced in meaning by Latin capere to take] :  to take in: such as a :  ingest phagocytes incepting foreign particles b :  to receive as a member

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to obtain an advanced degree and therewith the right to teach or practice a learned profession —now used only at Cambridge University

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Origin and Etymology of incept

Latin inceptus, past participle of incipere


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incept

noun in·cept \ˈinˌsept\

Definition of incept

plural

incepts

  1. :  anlage

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