verb (used with or without object), com·menced, com·menc·ing.
Origin of commence
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|William O’Connor|October 1, 2013|DAILY BEAST
I recommend the system to all callow Yankees, commencing a "pushing business."Pencillings by the Way|N. Parker Willis
He found an opportunity of commencing the study of Greek, and seized it with avidity.
They plundered several houses, and were commencing the conflagration, when the inhabitants sallied forth and put them to flight.King Philip|John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
“In corse you would,” said the delighted Billy, commencing operations forthwith.My Friend Smith|Talbot Baines Reed
This was in the early part of last summer, commencing in May perhaps.
British Dictionary definitions for commencing
Word Origin for commence
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.