in·​cep·​tion | \ in-ˈsep-shən How to pronounce inception (audio) \

Definition of inception

: an act, process, or instance of beginning : commencement

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origin, source, inception, root mean the point at which something begins its course or existence. origin applies to the things or persons from which something is ultimately derived and often to the causes operating before the thing itself comes into being. an investigation into the origin of baseball source applies more often to the point where something springs into being. the source of the Nile the source of recurrent trouble inception stresses the beginning of something without implying causes. the business has been a success since its inception root suggests a first, ultimate, or fundamental source often not easily discerned. the real root of the violence

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The project has been shrouded in controversy from its inception. Since its inception, the business has expanded to become a national retail chain. We'll assist you at every stage from inception to completion.
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Unfortunately, though, Evan Peters—who's been a staple on AHS since its inception—is not appearing on this season. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "American Horror Story Season 9: Everything We Know So Far," 3 Apr. 2019 From triple waistband jeans (!!!) that are basically the equivalent of denim inception to upside-down shorts only a Demogorgon could love, there’s no shortage of bizarre jeans on the market. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Y/Project Created $315 Denim Panties," 31 Mar. 2019 The new line, which includes indoor décor, was inspired by Target’s year of inception, 1962. Kim Cook, The Seattle Times, "A small but social spot: Trends in front-porch decorating," 26 Mar. 2019 Being so close to the inception place as well as the energy of the show itself makes this feel the closest to being inside the designer’s brain. Jordan Roth, Vogue, "Jordan Roth: A Man’s View on the Haute Couture," 28 Jan. 2019 Pigeon Forge KOA Holiday was the first KOA built east of the Mississippi River and has been in the Kelch family since its inception over 50 years ago. Fox News, "How to get started with your own family-friendly RV adventure," 15 Aug. 2018 Some of the hard feelings Thursday might have been due to the length of the session that finished on the 95th day, tying it for third longest going back to the state’s inception in 1890. Keith Ridler, The Seattle Times, "Idaho Legislature wraps up session that ends with acrimony," 11 Apr. 2019 Since its inception, @thelunchboxfund has provided over 20 million meals to school children in need. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Oops—"Sussex Royal" Had to Delete and Repost Their Latest Instagram Post," 8 Apr. 2019 There are 15 hosts who have made the list every year since its inception. Steven Stolman, Town & Country, "How the Salonnière List of the Best Party Hosts in America Is Put Together," 21 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of inception

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for inception

Middle English incepcion, from Latin inception-, inceptio, from incipere to begin, from in- + capere to take

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English Language Learners Definition of inception

formal : the time at which something begins

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