na·​scent | \ ˈna-sᵊnt How to pronounce nascent (audio) , ˈnā- How to pronounce nascent (audio) \

Definition of nascent

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

The Origin of Nascent

Nascent comes from nascens, the present participle of the Latin verb nasci, which means "to be born." It is related to words such as nation, native, nature, and innate.

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
Recent Examples on the Web As part of its France 2030 economic development plan, the European country seeks to provide technical and financial support to develop a nascent small-launch industry. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 9 June 2022 Only the then-nascent noncommercial PBS provided gavel-to-gavel coverage. Stephen Battagliostaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 9 June 2022 His mother and other family members were active in the then-nascent American Indian Movement, and some of his uncles worked for the U.S. government. Rebecca Keegan, The Hollywood Reporter, 1 June 2022 Salesforce’s billing and invoicing system had to be built from scratch to facilitate the then-nascent business model for software—now called software as a service (SaaS). Sayer Martin, Forbes, 27 May 2022 The result was a sort of love theme for the then-nascent MTV Age: an easy-listening earworm given an indelible visual dimension. Brad Shoup, Billboard, 23 May 2022 Among his solo shows in the state, a memorable 1990 UAB Arena show in Birmingham, with a then-nascent Black Crowes as the opening act. Matt Wake |, al, 18 May 2022 Over the past 20 years, my organization, Acumen, has reached communities in areas where capital markets were nascent or nonexistent, using patient capital—a form of risk-tolerant, philanthropic capital. Jacqueline Novogratz, Fortune, 20 May 2022 The firm attracts funding in part by selling the vibrance and nascent potential of rural Colorado, as ongoing economic diversification in technology, green energy, and outdoor recreation continues to flood the Mountain West. The Sorenson Impact Center, Forbes, 18 May 2022 See More

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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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na·​scent | \ ˈnas-ᵊnt How to pronounce nascent (audio) , ˈnās- How to pronounce nascent (audio) \

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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