- to begin; start.
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
Instead of that he points at Phinney and commences to laugh.The Depot Master
Joseph C. Lincoln
Texas, feelin' like the common eye is on him, commences to grow restless.Faro Nell and Her Friends
Alfred Henry Lewis
Their year commences with the month of Farvardin, and ends with the month of Spendarmad.Les Parsis
Let us take the case of the youth or man who commences the study of a foreign language.The Aural System
Evelyn shies at that, and commences to hand Jarvis the frappéd smile.Shorty McCabe
- to start or begin; come or cause to come into being, operation, etc
Word Origin and History for commences
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.