One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Graduate from a university with an academic degree.
- ‘In all three universities, a Bachelor of Arts may ‘incept’ as a Master of Arts as soon as he is of the required academic standing.’
- ‘The method of ‘incepting’ in Oxford survives as set out in December 1431, in the form of a ‘statute’ drafted by the Proctors with the agreement of senior scholars.’
Mid 16th century (in the sense ‘undertake, begin’): from Latin incept- ‘begun’, from the verb incipere. The current sense dates from the mid 19th century.
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