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[kuh-mens] /kəˈmɛns/
verb (used without object), verb (used with object), commenced, commencing.
to begin; start.
Origin of commence
1250-1300; Middle English commencen < Anglo-French, Middle French comencer < Vulgar Latin *cominitiāre, equivalent to Latin com- com- + initiāre to begin; see initiate
Related forms
commenceable, adjective
commencer, noun
recommence, verb, recommenced, recommencing.
uncommenced, adjective
well-commenced, adjective
originate, inaugurate. See begin. Unabridged
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  • Mortgages were easier to obtain than before, and a building boom commenced.
  • Of course, we'll have cold snaps in the future, after we've commenced with out sulfur dioxide injections into the stratosphere.
  • The horses, startled by the noise, commenced plunging furiously.
  • Up to the present writing, the crew have not commenced to row.
  • They all had one thing in common when the study commenced: no signs of cognitive impairment.
  • On my arrival, he had already commenced spending a good part of each day in it.
  • We built the fully welded frame and roll cage to fit the body, and then commenced to build the rest of the car.
  • The actual distribution of the children commenced the following morning at the tavern where they were staying.
  • Holding it in the palm of her hand, she commenced to rub it in vigorous circles all over my skull.
  • Other resources necessary to support the investigation were obtained and the investigation commenced.
British Dictionary definitions for commenced


to start or begin; come or cause to come into being, operation, etc
Derived Forms
commencer, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French comencer, from Vulgar Latin cominitiāre (unattested), from Latin com- (intensive) + initiāre to begin, from initium a beginning
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Word Origin and History for commenced



c.1300, from Old French comencier "to begin, start" (10c., Modern French commencer), from Vulgar Latin *cominitiare, originally "to initiate as priest, consecrate," from Latin com- "together" (see com-) + initiare "to initiate," from initium (see initial (adj.)). Spelling with double -m- began in French and was established in English by 1500. Related: Commenced; commencing.

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