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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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Examples from the web for recommence
  • Yet the peace process will not recommence in its former hopeful place.
  • Service will recommence as soon as practicable following clearance from the regulatory agencies.
  • All applicable timelines shall recommence beginning the date of this order.
  • During fall planting, continue to water until the ground is frozen and recommence watering after the spring thaw.
  • It is to the benefit of all parties for this work to be done before rail operations recommence.
British Dictionary definitions for recommence

recommence

/ˌriːkəˈmɛns/
verb
1.
to begin or commence again
Derived Forms
recommencement, noun

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 recommence
v.

late 15c., from Old French recommencier "begin again, start afresh" (11c.), from re- "back, again" (see re-) + commencer (see commence). Related: Recommenced; recommencing.

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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