commence

[ kuh-mens ]
/ kəˈmɛns /

verb (used with or without object), com·menced, com·menc·ing.

to begin; start.

Origin of commence

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

Synonym study

See begin.
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British Dictionary definitions for commence

commence

/ (kəˈmɛns) /

verb

to start or begin; come or cause to come into being, operation, etc

Derived Forms

commencer, noun

Word Origin for commence

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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