something just beginning


nascent = aufkommend, entstehend, aufkeimend, einsetzend, werdend — nascent stage = Anfangsstadium — nascent Glacier = Nascent-Gletscher — nascent life = werdendes Leben



“The issues surrounding tether hold significant implications for the NASCENT cryptocurrency world."

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“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.”

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- only recently formed or started, but likely to grow larger quickly

Cambridge Dictionary


Nascent comes from “nascens”, 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, in the 1800s, we picked up the word “Renaissance” a French descendant of “nasci”.

Our newest “nasci” word is “perinatology”, which was first used in the late 1960s to name the specialized branch of medicine concerned with childbirth.

(adapted from Merriam-Webster)


According to legend, while brainstorming for a name for their NASCENT band one evening, Roger Daltry and his bandmates, already partially deaf, kept asking one another: “The who?”… “The who?”… and soon enough ‘The Who’ was born.


arising, budding, blooming, burgeoning, bursting forth, dawning, emergent, emerging, in its infancy, in the making, in the springtime of life, sprouting, rising, up-and-coming.

PRACTICE OWAD in an English conversation, discuss something like:

“The media is reporting that our NASCENT product is already a big success.”

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