commence

[kuh-mens]

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

to begin; start.

Nearby words

  1. commemorate,
  2. commemoration,
  3. commemorative,
  4. commemoratory,
  5. commen,
  6. commencement,
  7. commend,
  8. commendable,
  9. commendam,
  10. commendation

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 commenced

commence

verb

to start or begin; come or cause to come into being, operation, etc
Derived Formscommencer, 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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Word Origin and History for commenced

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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