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commence

[kuh-mens] /kəˈmɛns/
verb (used with or without object), commenced, commencing.
1.
to begin; start.
Origin of commence
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.
Synonym Study
See begin.
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  • Instead of that he points at Phinney and commences to laugh.

    The Depot Master Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Texas, feelin' like the common eye is on him, commences to grow restless.

    Faro Nell and Her Friends Alfred Henry Lewis
  • Their year commences with the month of Farvardin, and ends with the month of Spendarmad.

    Les Parsis D. Menant
  • Let us take the case of the youth or man who commences the study of a foreign language.

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  • Evelyn shies at that, and commences to hand Jarvis the frappéd smile.

    Shorty McCabe Sewell Ford
  • It commences at half past three and continues about half an hour.

    The Teacher Jacob Abbott
  • The young man does as he is told, and commences his journey on the Tuesday.

    Russian Fairy Tales W. R. S. Ralston
  • I opened it at that part where the history of Saul commences.

    Lavengro George Borrow
  • Mr. Glentworthy shrugs his shoulders, and commences whistling a tune.

    An Outcast F. Colburn Adams
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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