inception

noun
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 kitchen island is one of those home elements that seems to have known its purpose from its inception: a utilitarian divider between kitchen and family zones, the heart of the home. Kim Cook, The Seattle Times, "The latest innovations for kitchen islands," 19 Feb. 2019 The study, which the city plans to release Tuesday, says that the Build It Back program was plagued by problems from its inception and bogged down by hastily created intake centers and federal restrictions tied to funding. Katie Honan, WSJ, "New York City’s Sandy Rebuilding Program Was Plagued From the Start, Study Says," 11 Feb. 2019 This positive image obfuscates the real purpose of elite schools: From their inception, the core function of elite schools is to make, remake, or advance the socioeconomic status of each student. Adam Howard, Vox, "I’ve spent decades studying elite schools. Here’s how their culture enables toxic masculinity.," 27 Sep. 2018 From its inception, the restaurant has made everything in house, right down to the butter and buttermilk. Jennifer Bradley Franklin, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Best Brunch Places in Atlanta," 21 Aug. 2018 The production, shot on location deep within the rain forests of South America, was beset with problems seemingly from inception. Vogue, "These Are the 66 Best Documentaries of All Time," 8 Aug. 2018 From its inception on Aug. 4, 1958, Billboard's premier songs chart had ranked the top 100 singles in the U.S. each week. Gary Trust, Billboard, "In 1998, 'Iris,' 'Torn,' & Other Radio Smashes Hit the Hot 100 at Last After a Key Rule Change," 30 May 2018 Since the brand's inception in 2015, Base Butter has exploded, and now carries the number-one Aloe vera gel–based moisturizer for pH-balanced and hydrated skin. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "The 15 Best Black-Owned Beauty Brands I'll Never Stop Talking About," 11 Feb. 2019 Video games have come a long way since their humble inception. Popular Mechanics, "This Retro Gaming Console Comes with 400 Classic Games," 16 Jan. 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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inception

noun

English Language Learners Definition of inception

formal : the time at which something begins

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