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

Examples of inception in a Sentence

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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The Essence Festival has been a party with a purpose from its inception. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "Girls United Celebrates The Fourth Of July With A Colorful Walk," 5 July 2019 Affordable housing takes five years to build — from inception to leasing. Dominic Fracassa,, "Breed looks to bolster affordable housing plan by showing how delays boost costs," 26 June 2019 Almost from its inception, the E.A.C. was controversial. Sue Halpern, The New Yorker, "Mitch McConnell is Making the 2020 Election Open Season for Hackers," 12 June 2019 From its inception the players have had to fight to get the world to take women’s soccer seriously. Ashley Batz, Glamour, "These 23 Women Are Ready to Win the World Cup—Again," 28 May 2019 The Hollywood Reporter has just published a oral history of the whole project, from its inception in 1995 to John's death in 1999. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "How Jackie Kennedy Helped John F. Kennedy, Jr. Start George Magazine," 10 Apr. 2019 Since its inception five years ago, Formula E has been at the forefront of promoting green travel, and some of the world's most prestigious manufacturers have joined the rapidly growing series. Ben Church, CNN, "Formula E: Mercedes-Benz and Porsche to join new championship," 15 June 2019 Why this matters: This dive into the briny deep marks a drastic change for the free-to-play naval combat game, which has focused solely on surface combat since its inception three years ago. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "World of Warships dives deep for new players, adding submarines to popular naval combat game," 18 Sep. 2018 Yes, for the first time since its inception eight years ago, the CMT Artists of the Year ceremony will tribute the current queens of country music—and only the queens. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "CMT's Artists of the Year Special Will Honor Only Women for the First Time Ever," 11 Sep. 2018

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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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to form ideas or theories about something

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