verb (used with or without object), com·menced, com·menc·ing.
Origin of commence
Examples from the Web for commenced
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
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.