Definitions for commencekəˈmɛns

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

com•mence*kəˈmɛns(v.i.; v.t.)-menced, -menc•ing.

  1. to begin; start.

* Syn: See begin.

Origin of commence:

1250–1300; ME < AF, MF comencer < VL *cominitiāre= L com-com - +initiāre to begin; see initiate

com•menc′er(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. 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"

  2. 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"

  3. 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"

Wiktionary

  1. commence(Verb)

    To begin, start.

  2. Origin: From commencer, from cominitiare, formed on com- + initiō

Webster Dictionary

  1. Commence(verb)

    to have a beginning or origin; to originate; to start; to begin

  2. Commence(verb)

    to begin to be, or to act as

  3. Commence(verb)

    to take a degree at a university

  4. Commence(verb)

    to enter upon; to begin; to perform the first act of

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'commence' in Verbs Frequency: #855


Translations for commence

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

commence(verb)

to begin

the church service commenced with a hymn.

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