I have been in his room less than three minutes when Cyril commences what will be a two-hour-long history lesson.
Here it remains till the catkins are in bloom the next spring when it retreats from its house and commences feeding.
The dealer then commences, and “draws” the cards out of the box one by one.
Mr. Glentworthy shrugs his shoulders, and commences whistling a tune.
The one outside is then called in, and commences to ask questions.
Dinner, which takes place about two or three in the afternoon, commences with a very insipid kind of soup.
The process of digestion, which commences in the stomach, is completed in the intestines.
Every fifty years commences a discussion of the great question when the current century, or half century, properly begins.
It commences with a sentence which is subtle enough for the nineteenth-century era.
You understand the finer the particles the quicker it commences to dissolve.
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.