verb (used with or without object), com·menced, com·menc·ing.
Origin of commence
Examples from the Web for commence
But in order to commence rebuilding them from the ground up, the world must first put out the fires of this current epidemic.
However, only days before early voting was to commence, a local judge ordered the polling station open.In North Carolina, GOP Overreach May Be More Unpopular Than Obama|Dean Obeidallah|November 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It builds to a masquerade ball, in which Not Harry and the women don masks and commence flirting.You Really Don't Want to Watch Fox’s ‘I Wanna Marry “Harry”’|Jason Lynch|May 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This weekend, the battle will commence when the “Moms” and their allies demonstrate outside the NRA Convention in Indianapolis.
Which means the complaining about the Oscars is officially set to commence Monday morning.The Worst Oscar Winners, From ‘Rocky’ and ‘Crash’ to Gwyneth Paltrow|Kevin Fallon, Marlow Stern|February 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They commence' to ax me questions concernin' some historical happenin's an' I answer them all.Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 2|Works Projects Administration
I wish my nobility to commence with myself and derive all my titles from the French people.How to Succeed|Orison Swett Marden
I am just back from Savannah after an absence of twenty days, and return thither to commence operations in November next.The Life of Isaac Ingalls Stevens, Volume I (of 2)|Hazard Stevens
We passed a few sad hours, until eleven oclock, when the trial was to commence.Frankenstein|Mary Shelley
Miss Proctor has made a night-dress; and Monday I must commence vigorously upon her wardrobe.Cora and The Doctor|Harriette Newell Baker
Word Origin for commence
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.