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.
I love you” begins by I, and ends up by you. ("Je t'aime" commence par Je, - Mais il finit par toi.)
The ivy of the old age begins at the feet that hurt. (Le lierre de la vieillesse - Commence aux pieds qui blessent.)
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.
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- пачаць, пачацца, пачынацца, пачынацьBelarusian
- començarCatalan, Valencian
- beginnen, anfangenGerman
- empezar, comenzar, principiar, iniciarSpanish
- شروع کنPersian
- komanseHaitian Creole
- påbegynne, begynneNorwegian
- начинаться, начинатьRussian
- початися, починатися, почати, починатиUkrainian
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