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1. Incipient; beginning.
2. Grammar Inchoative.
Grammar An inchoative verb.
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1. beginning; incipient; initial
2. (Grammar) grammar Also called: inchoative denoting an aspect of verbs in some languages used to indicate the beginning of an action
a. the inceptive aspect of verbs
b. a verb in this aspect
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1. beginning; initial.
2. (of a verb form or aspect) expressing the beginning of the action indicated by the underlying verb, as Latin calēscō “become or begin to be hot” from caleō “be hot.”n.
3. the inceptive aspect.
4. a verb in this aspect.
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