The month is commencing with a bang as the government shuts down after failing to pass a budget to fund the government.
The rain was just commencing then, but it had been blowing hard for half an hour.
As for myself, in commencing such an enterprise, I was prepared for every thing.
The civil year and the day must be regarded as commencing at the same instant.
commencing with white Saxony, make a chain of 11 stitches, turn.
A civil war, commencing in sarcasm and ending in bloodshed, may be caused by a ridiculous manifestation.
Not a moment was lost by our mother in commencing the preparations for my outfit.
We must keep a watch to-night, commencing at about twelve o'clock.
I was just commencing a picture which interested me very much.
These bulkheads are referred to as "A" to "P," commencing forward.
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.