from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Beginning; initial.
- adj. Grammar Of or being a verb or verbal form that designates the beginning of an action, state, or event, such as the Latin verb tumēscēre, "to begin to swell.”
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. At the beginning, still in an unformed state.
- adj. Aspectually indicating that an action is soon to begin.
- adj. Inflected in or relating to the inchoative aspect.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Expressing or pertaining to a beginning; inceptive.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In the state of inception or formation; incipient; rudimentary.
- Expressing or indicating beginning; inceptive: as, an inchoative verb (otherwise called inceptive).
- n. That which begins, or that which expresses the beginning of, an action or state; specifically, in grammar, an inchoative verb.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. aspect with regard to the beginning of the action of the verb
- adj. beginning to develop
Latin inchoativus, incohativus: compare French inchoatif. (Wiktionary)