verb (used with or without object), com·menced, com·menc·ing.
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With just under 200 days until the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics are due to commence on July 23, a prolonged lockdown in Tokyo threatens to scupper Japan’s Olympic dreams entirely.What does a new COVID-19 state of emergency mean for Tokyo and its Olympic dreams?|eamonbarrett|January 7, 2021|Fortune
Her death sparked a social media backlash against Pinduoduo and the relentless working schedules expected of its workers, prompting district officials at the Shanghai Municipal Human Resources and Social Security Bureau to commence an investigation.Death of young worker renews criticism of Chinese tech’s relentless ‘996’ work culture|Claire Zillman, reporter|January 5, 2021|Fortune
There was widespread mask-wearing and far fewer legislators and guests in the chamber than usual, an unimaginable tableau when the last Congress commenced two years ago, before the pandemic struck.
As the core lab commenced production on Building 23’s top floor, it sent Lindstrom a portion of each batch for quality-control vetting.The CDC’s failed race against covid-19: A threat underestimated and a test overcomplicated|David Willman|December 26, 2020|Washington Post
The true test of the vaccine supply chain will come when vaccine vials start heading to hospitals, which could commence within days.Why staying cold is so important to a Covid-19 vaccine|Umair Irfan|December 11, 2020|Vox
Exactly 20 years ago, the sitting government in Rwanda commenced a genocide against minority Tutsi and moderate Hutu populations.Still a Problem From Hell, Two Decades After Rwanda|John Prendergast|April 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In May, just two weeks after production had commenced on 12 Years A Slave, the cameras started rolling on All Is by My Side.John Ridley on ’12 Years A Slave,’ Jimi Hendrix Biopic, Steve McQueen 'Feud,' and Diversity Onscreen|Marlow Stern|March 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The pipes and drums then commenced to play “The Barren Rocks of Aden.”
He commenced firing down on people having their breakfast in the first-floor cafeteria.Inside the Washington Navy Yard’s Building 197 During Alexis’s Rampage|Michael Daly|September 19, 2013|DAILY BEAST
To them, the revolution that commenced in February 2011 is only half-complete (at best).
The gray man now commenced an anecdote, which I shall give in his own words.Road Scrapings: Coaches and Coaching|M. E. Haworth
We give no quarter now, since those Spanish wretches have commenced shooting their prisoners in cold blood.Young Glory and the Spanish Cruiser|Walter Fenton Mott
It commenced on the 8th of July and gave occasion to a violent scene.
The principal work is his series of Lectures in the Royal Academy, twelve in number, commenced in 1801.
When breakfast was over, we commenced our return to camp, taking with us our prisoner and captured property.Four Years A Scout and Spy|E. C. Downs