What does commence mean?

Definitions for commence
kəˈmɛnscom·mence

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word commence.

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.

    Etymology: 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

    Etymology: [F. commencer, OF. comencier, fr. L. com- + initiare to begin. See Initiate.]

  2. Commence(verb)

    to begin to be, or to act as

    Etymology: [F. commencer, OF. comencier, fr. L. com- + initiare to begin. See Initiate.]

  3. Commence(verb)

    to take a degree at a university

    Etymology: [F. commencer, OF. comencier, fr. L. com- + initiare to begin. See Initiate.]

  4. Commence(verb)

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

    Etymology: [F. commencer, OF. comencier, fr. L. com- + initiare to begin. See Initiate.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Commence

    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

  1. Verbs Frequency

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

How to pronounce commence?

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    Karen
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How to say commence in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of commence in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of commence in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of commence in a Sentence

  1. Dax Shepard:

    Alright, Im going to commence the procedure, oh, yep, that feels weird.

  2. Major League Baseball:

    Major League Baseball has been actively considering numerous contingency plans that would allow play to commence once the public health situation has improved to the point that it is safe to do so, while we have discussed the idea of staging games at one location as one potential option, we have not settled on that option or developed a detailed plan.

  3. Alex Azar:

    The Food and Drug Administration intends to finalize a guidance document that would commence enforcement to require that all flavors, other than tobacco flavor, would be removed from the market, this would include mint and menthol flavoring, as well as candy flavors, bubblegum flavor, fruit flavor, alcohol flavor. You get the drift.

  4. Hank Johnson:

    If they don't, then legislation can commence.

  5. Benjamin Disraeli:

    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.

Images & Illustrations of commence

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