get down, begin, get, start out, start, set about, set out, commence(verb)
take the first step or steps in carrying out an action
"We began working at dawn"; "Who will start?"; "Get working as soon as the sun rises!"; "The first tourists began to arrive in Cambodia"; "He began early in the day"; "Let's get down to work now"
begin, lead off, start, commence(verb)
set in motion, cause to start
"The U.S. started a war in the Middle East"; "The Iraqis began hostilities"; "begin a new chapter in your life"
start, start up, embark on, commence(verb)
get off the ground
"Who started this company?"; "We embarked on an exciting enterprise"; "I start my day with a good breakfast"; "We began the new semester"; "The afternoon session begins at 4 PM"; "The blood shed started when the partisans launched a surprise attack"
To begin, start.
Origin: From commencer, from cominitiare, formed on com- + initiō
to have a beginning or origin; to originate; to start; to begin
to begin to be, or to act as
to take a degree at a university
to enter upon; to begin; to perform the first act of
Origin: [F. commencer, OF. comencier, fr. L. com- + initiare to begin. See Initiate.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
kom-ens′, v.i. to begin: to originate: to take rise.—v.t. to begin: to originate: to enter upon: to take a university degree—e.g. 'to commence M.A.'—n. Commence′ment, the beginning: at certain universities the act of taking the degrees: the ceremony when these are conferred. [O. Fr. comencer—L. com, and initiāre, to begin—in, into, and īre, to go.]
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'commence' in Verbs Frequency: #855
The numerical value of commence in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of commence in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.
The best reformers the world has ever seen are those who commence on themselves.
The market is naturally settling in, taking a breather until the scales tip either way to commence the next move to continued to new heights or a consolidated pullback.
Whenever is found what is called a paternal government, there is found state education. It has been discovered that the best way to ensure implicit obedience is to commence tyranny in the nursery.
Never did a government commence under auspices so favorable, nor ever was success so complete. If we look to the history of other nations, ancient or modern, we find no example of a growth so rapid, so gigantic, of a people so prosperous and happy.
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- пачаць, пачацца, пачынацца, пачынацьBelarusian
- començarCatalan, Valencian
- beginnen, anfangenGerman
- empezar, comenzar, principiar, iniciarSpanish
- komanseHaitian Creole
- påbegynne, begynneNorwegian
- начинаться, начинатьRussian
- початися, починатися, почати, починатиUkrainian
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