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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web In 2001, Koerl formed Sportradar by buying 51% of a nascent Norwegian sports betting odds and data company called Market Monitor AS. Justin Birnbaum, Forbes, 9 Sep. 2021 The goal is to ensure the U.S. becomes a world leader in several nascent or evolving industries, especially clean energy and low-emissions transportation. Timothy Puko, WSJ, 18 June 2021 But the Federal Trade Commission quickly stepped in to block the deal, arguing that the move would allow Illumina to stifle competition in the nascent but crowded liquid biopsy industry. Megan Molteni, STAT, 11 May 2021 The summit would also seek to encourage nascent or back-biting democracies to recommit to a democratic track. Jeremy Diamond, CNN, 29 Apr. 2021 More than one investing professional compared the adoption trajectory of cryptocurrencies with the nascent, pre-dot-com crash days of the Internet. NBC News, 23 Apr. 2021 The autonomous vehicle startup Aurora is the subject of a Bloomberg Businessweek profile that probes the nascent but competitive world of self-driving cars. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, 20 Apr. 2021 And the nascent 2019 trend of renting ski clothing as well as gear seems to be over, Linsmayer said. Los Angeles Times, 25 Nov. 2020 None of this would have been possible without the nascent 3G network that has allowed millions of Cubans to access the internet via mobile devices since 2018. Nicolás Rivero, Quartz, 12 July 2021

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of nascent

: beginning to exist : recently formed or developed


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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