verb (used with or without object), com·menced, com·menc·ing.
Origin of commence
Examples from the Web for commences
I have been in his room less than three minutes when Cyril commences what will be a two-hour-long history lesson.The Stacks: The Neville Brothers Stake Their Claim as Bards of the Bayou|John Ed Bradley|April 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The left foot of the posterior biped is the one which commences the action.Artistic Anatomy of Animals|douard Cuyer
It commences flowering in May, and frequently continues until frosts set in.Hardy Ornamental Flowering Trees and Shrubs|A. D. Webster
Profligacy of time too often commences in childhood—increases in youth and is made bankrupt in manhood.Sages and Heroes of the American Revolution|L. Carroll Judson
Although one commences at eight o'clock on the bills, one does not commence in reality at any such unfashionable hour.
Then this 'ere party begins to run arter 'em and commences shootin'.McAllister and His Double|Arthur Train