- to begin; start.
Origin of commence
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Examples from the Web for recommence
Dolly was obliged to kneel down, and recommence at the beginning.Barnaby Rudge
It appeared already much too late to attempt to recommence her education.The Sexual Question
Besides, was it not too late, at his age, to recommence a career?Doctor Pascal
If you should ever recommence business, however, it ought not to be from this fear.The Last Penny and Other Stories
T. S. Arthur
This done, I was allowed to recommence my archaeological investigations.Carmen
- to begin or commence again
- to start or begin; come or cause to come into being, operation, etc
Word Origin and History for recommence
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.