Definition of Commence

1. Verb. Take the first step or steps in carrying out an action. "They commence moving "; "Let's get down to work now"




2. Verb. Set in motion, cause to start. "Begin a new chapter in your life"
Exact synonyms: Begin, Lead Off, Start
Specialized synonyms: Jump-start, Jumpstart, Recommence, Inaugurate, Introduce, Usher In, Set Off, Embark On, Start, Start Up
Causes: Begin, Start
Related verbs: Begin
Derivative terms: Beginner, Beginning, Commencement, Start, Start, Start
Antonyms: End

3. Verb. Get off the ground. "The blood shed started when the partisans launched a surprise attack"
Exact synonyms: Embark On, Start, Start Up
Generic synonyms: Begin, Lead Off, Start
Specialized synonyms: Inaugurate, Kick Off, Open
Derivative terms: Commencement, Start, Start, Start, Startup

Definition of Commence

1. v. i. To have a beginning or origin; to originate; to start; to begin.

2. v. t. To enter upon; to begin; to perform the first act of.

Definition of Commence

1. Verb. (transitive) To begin, start. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Commence

1. to begin [v -MENCED, -MENCING, -MENCES] - See also: begin

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Commence

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commemorate
commemorated
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commemorating
commemoration
commemorations
commemorative
commemorative sign
commemoratively
commemoratives
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commemorators
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commence (current term)
commenced
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commencement ceremony
commencement day
commencement exercise
commencements
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commencers
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commencest
commenceth
commencing
commend
commendable

Literary usage of Commence

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1. United States Statutes at Large: Containing the Laws and Concurrent by United States (1850)
"John Low, at the rate of eight dollars per month, to commence on the twentieth day of January, one thousand eight hundred and seventeen. ..."

2. The Book of Days: A Miscellany of Popular Antiquities in Connection with the by Robert Chambers (1832)
"Upon being admitted, they commence the performance of the following drama, which has already been printed in Tale» and Traditions of Tenby. ..."

3. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1885)
"tember, 1869, the United States having lur- nished materials sufficient to commence the construction of said piers and abutments, the petitioners requested ..."

4. Poisons: Their Effects and Detection by Alexander Wynter Blyth, Meredith Wynter Blyth (1906)
"Period at which the first Symptoms commence.—The time when the symptoms commence is occasionally of importance from a forensic point of view. ..."

5. Notes and Queries by Martim de Albuquerque (1857)
"However that may be, it is obvious that the inscription is intended to commence, in the ordinary way, with time king's name ; and that it is to be read, ..."

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