from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The beginning of something, such as an undertaking; a commencement. See Synonyms at origin.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The creation or beginning of something; the establishment.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Beginning; commencement; initiation.
- n. Reception; a taking in.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A taking in, as by swallowing; the process of receiving within.
- n. The incipient or initial stage; beginning; commencement.
- n. In entomology, a starting-point; the place of beginning, as of a longitudinal mark, etc.
- n. The formal qualification of a master of arts in the old universities, preliminary to taking his degree; the solemn act kept by the candidate for the degree of master of arts immediately before receiving the degree; the commencement.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an event that is a beginning; a first part or stage of subsequent events
Middle English incepcion, from Latin inceptiō, inceptiōn-, from inceptus, past participle of incipere, to begin, take up : in-, in; see in-2 + capere, to take; see kap- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin inception-, stem of inceptiō, from inceptus, Perfect passive participle of incipiō ("I begin"). (Wiktionary)