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commence

[kuh-mens] /kəˈmɛns/
verb (used without object), verb (used with object), commenced, commencing.
1.
to begin; start.
Origin
1250-1300
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
Synonyms
originate, inaugurate. See begin.
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  • His staff then prints out the work on paper, silk-screens the outline onto canvas, and commences painting.
  • It is also at this stage that truancy commences, if only for the impossibility of it preceding formalized education.
  • Asteroid mining is likely to happen some time after lunar mining commences.
  • Any meeting which is not an adjournment of another meeting commences a new session.
  • Ossification commences in the lower end in the second year, and in the upper about the fourth year.
  • Instead, they give everyone a miss and swipe the stuff before the journey commences.
British Dictionary definitions for commences

commence

/kəˈmɛns/
verb
1.
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 commences

commence

v.

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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