nascent

adjective
na·​scent | \ ˈna-sᵊnt, ˈnā- \

Definition of nascent

: coming or having recently come into existence a nascent middle class her nascent singing career

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The Origin of Nascent

Nascent comes from "nascens," the present participle of the Latin verb nasci, which means "to be born." It is a relative newcomer to the collection of English words that derive from that Latin verb. In fact, when the word nascent was itself a newborn, in the first quarter of the 17th century, other "nasci" offspring were already respectably mature. "Nation," "native," and "nature" had been around since the 1300s; "innate" and "natal," since the 1400s. More recently, we picked up some French descendants of "nasci": "née" in the 1700s and "Renaissance" in the 1800s. Our newest "nasci" word? It may well be "perinatology," which was first used in the late 1960s to name the specialized branch of medicine concerned with childbirth.

Examples of nascent in a Sentence

In the mid-'60s, Toronto was home to Yorkville, a gathering spot for draft resisters, a petri dish for a nascent coffeehouse and rock scene similar to the one developing in New York's Greenwich Village. — Mike Sager, Rolling Stone, 27 June 1996 It was almost 80 years ago that the Wright brothers from Ohio ventured to Kitty Hawk for the uplift its steady winds offered their nascent passion, airplanes. — Robert R. Yandle, Popular Photography, March 1993 A few centuries late, when the nascent science of geology was gathering evidence for the earth's enormous antiquity, some advocates of biblical literalism revived this old argument for our entire planet. — Stephen Jay Gould, Granta 16, Summer 1985 The actress is now focusing on her nascent singing career. one of the leading figures in the nascent civil-rights movement
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The largest corporate investment in the nascent VR industry, which will see 17,000 Oculus Go headsets sent to the company’s 4,700 US stores, offers a vision of the technological changes altering the retail landscape. Patrick Sisson, Vox, "In Walmart’s virtual reality simulation, Black Friday never ends," 15 Nov. 2018 Saudi Arabia has reportedly canceled a deal with the billionaire’s nascent hyperloop transportation company. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "The future of transportation is being underwritten by Saudi Arabia," 19 Oct. 2018 That's a significant number of buses in this nascent industry: last December, Reuters estimated that only 300 public buses on US roads were electric. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Are diesel’s days numbered? A view from a trip to BYD’s electric bus factory," 14 Aug. 2018 This trio of space tycoons currently dominate the nascent industry, but more companies will soon join the party. Justin Bachman, latimes.com, "Commercial space launches are making life complicated for airlines," 27 June 2018 The report focuses on what the group said are potential health and safety problems, environmental impacts and a lack of transparency associated with the nascent industry. Deena Shanker, Bloomberg.com, "Is It Too Early for Fake Meat?," 27 June 2018 According to the lawsuit, Albert thought his investment would buy him 60 percent of the nascent company and he would be entitled to profits and consulted on major business decisions. Jose Lambiet, miamiherald, "Ex-Dolphin sues VH1 star over Miami nail salon venture | Miami Herald," 22 May 2018 Sandberg brought her experience in building Google’s enormously successful ad platforms to Facebook, helping to monetize the nascent company, grow it, and professionalize it. Leigh Gallagher, Fortune, "These Women Could Be the Tech Industry's Next Great CEOs," 21 Mar. 2018 Though perhaps best known as the boutique investment bank that counts Sprint and Steve Ballmer as clients, Raine has also invested in nascent media companies. Michael J. De La Merced, New York Times, "Raine Takes a Stake in ‘Planet of the Apps’ Creator," 15 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of nascent

circa 1624, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nascent

Latin nascent-, nascens, present participle of nasci to be born — more at nation

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nascent

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of nascent

: beginning to exist : recently formed or developed

nascent

adjective
na·​scent | \ ˈnas-ᵊnt, ˈnās- \

Medical Definition of nascent

1 : coming or having recently come into existence : beginning to develop nascent polypeptide chains
2 : of, relating to, or being an atom or substance at the moment of its formation usually with the implication of greater reactivity than otherwise nascent hydrogen

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