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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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Examples from the web for commence
  • As a consequence, respondents lacked standing to commence this action, and their suit must be dismissed for want of jurisdiction.
  • As soon as this time machine is built, time travel will commence, and continue to exist until someone turns off the machine.
  • Instead, there is a minimum threshold income at which student-loan repayment is expected to commence.
  • Plans for each well to be drilled must be approved by the state before drilling can commence.
  • It is time for fossilized thinking to become extinct and open, honest investigation commence.
  • Then, commercial space operations can commence at low costs that allow a huge increase payload size.
  • commence immediately the embarkation of your corps, or so much of it as there is transportation for.
  • He would then commence his purchases, paying for each article separately, as he got it.
  • The lymphatics of the villi commence in these structures in the manner described above.
  • We may commence by answering this question in a somewhat comprehensive way.
British Dictionary definitions for commence


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 commence

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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