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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Recent Examples on the Web Renowned actresses such as Julia Roberts, Scarlett Johansson, Anne Hathaway, and Kerry Washington have also received the Woman of Year Award since its inception in 1951., "Hasty Pudding honors Viola Davis as Woman of the Year in virtual ceremony," 23 Apr. 2021 Since its inception in 2017, QAnon has quickly metastasized, infiltrating American politics, internet culture and religious groups. Emiko Jozuka, Selina Wang And Junko Ogura, CNN, "Japan's QAnon disciples aren't letting Trump's loss quash their mission," 23 Apr. 2021 That streak was interrupted last month, when, for the first time since its inception in 1982, COVID-19 concerns prompted the Academy to officially cancel the event. Zach Schonfeld, Vulture, "Smile! A Complete History of the Oscar Class Photo," 23 Apr. 2021 Since its inception in 1970, more than 190 countries have joined in on the event, going to great lengths to move toward a more sustainable planet. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "Earth Day 2021: 10 eco-friendly products to buy on sale now," 22 Apr. 2021 Such a drop would be rare—volatility hasn’t fallen to zero in the S&P 500 since its inception in 1957. Gunjan Banerji, WSJ, "Behind the Mysterious Demise of a $1.7 Billion Mutual Fund," 20 Apr. 2021 Since its inception in 2013, Hooks for Hunger has raised nearly $140,000 for CRS. cleveland, "Reserve your spot at the North Ridgeville Community Garden: Short Takes on Avon, Avon Lake and North Ridgeville," 17 Apr. 2021 Ben Nummerdor's baseball collection features nearly every player’s signature who has played with the team since its inception in 1970. Eddie Morales, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A Cedarburg man plans to donate his collection of more than 900 baseballs signed by Brewers players," 12 Apr. 2021 Reps for Osbourne, who has been with the show since its inception in 2010, have previously denied all allegations to EW. Rosy Cordero,, "The Talk to return post-Sharon Osbourne controversy with discussion about 'race and healing'," 11 Apr. 2021

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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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The first known use of inception was in the 15th century

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30 Apr 2021

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“Inception.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of inception

formal : the time at which something begins

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