commence

[kuh-mens]
verb (used without object), verb (used with object), commenced, commencing.
to begin; start.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English commencen < Anglo-French, Middle French comencer < Vulgar Latin *cominitiāre, equivalent to Latin com- com- + initiāre to begin; see initiate

commenceable, adjective
commencer, noun
recommence, verb, recommenced, recommencing.
uncommenced, adjective
well-commenced, adjective


originate, inaugurate. See begin.
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commence (kəˈmɛns)
 
vb
to start or begin; come or cause to come into being, operation, etc
 
[C14: from Old French comencer, from Vulgar Latin cominitiāre (unattested), from Latin com- (intensive) + initiāre to begin, from initium a beginning]
 
com'mencer
 
n

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commence
early 14c., from O.Fr. comencier, from V.L. *cominitiare, orig. "to initiate as priest, consecrate," from L. com- "together" + initiare "to initiate."
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Example sentences
Commencing salaries will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
For your own sake, though, please check wind direction and speed before
  commencing.
His fate was one he'd always dreaded: a career commencing in zeal and
  concluding in acrimony.
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