- to begin; start.
Origin of commence
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Examples from the Web for commencing
The month is commencing with a bang as the government shuts down after failing to pass a budget to fund the government.Washington Drama Makes October a Confusing Month for Investors
October 1, 2013
Add the gelatine, which by this time should be commencing to solidify.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 4
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
I was just commencing a picture which interested me very much.My Double Life
In the Coupeau household the vitriol of l'Assommoir was also commencing its ravages.L'Assommoir
I trust that you will not put me to the pain of commencing now.The Trampling of the Lilies
“Just now,” he answered, rising and commencing again the nervous pacing.The Bondwoman
Marah Ellis Ryan
- to start or begin; come or cause to come into being, operation, etc
Word Origin and History for commencing
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.