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Meaning of COMMENCE

Pronunciation:  ku'mens

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  take the first step or steps in carrying out an action; "We began working at dawn"; "Who will start?"; "Get working as soon as the sun rises!"; "The first tourists began to arrive in Cambodia"; "He began early in the day"
  2. [v]  set in motion, cause to start; "The U.S. started a war in the Middle East"; "The Iraqis began hostilities"; "begin a new chapter in your life"
  3. [v]  get off the ground; "Who started this company?"; "We embarked on an exciting enterprise"; "I start my day with a good breakfast"; "We began the new semester"; "The afternoon session begins at 4 PM"; "The blood shed started when the partisans launched a surprise attack"

COMMENCE is a 8 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: begin, embark on, get, lead off, set about, set out, start, start, start out, start up
 Antonyms: end, terminate
 See Also: attack, auspicate, begin, bestir oneself, break in, come on, commence, commence, embark, embark on, enter, fall, get cracking, get going, get moving, get rolling, get started, get to, get weaving, inaugurate, inaugurate, introduce, jump off, kick off, launch, lead off, open, plunge, set off, start up, strike out, usher in



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Com*mence"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Commenced}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Commencing}.] [F. commencer, OF. comencier, fr. L.
    com- + initiare to begin. See {Initiate}.]
    1. To have a beginning or origin; to originate; to start; to
             Here the anthem doth commence.        --Shak.
             His heaven commences ere the world be past.
    2. To begin to be, or to act as. [Archaic]
             We commence judges ourselves.         --Coleridge.
    3. To take a degree at a university. [Eng.]
             I question whether the formality of commencing was
             used in that age.                     --Fuller.
  2. \Com*mence"\, v. t.
    To enter upon; to begin; to perform the first act of.
          Many a wooer doth commence his suit.     --Shak.
    Note: It is the practice of good writers to use the verbal
          noun (instead of the infinitive with to) after
          commence; as, he commenced studying, not he commenced
          to study.
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: arise, begin, blast away, blast off, come into being, dive in, embark, embark on, embark upon, enter, enter upon, establish, fall to, get to, go ahead, head into, inaugurate, initiate, jump off, kick off, launch, lead off, open, originate, pitch in, plunge into, send off, set about, set in, set out, set sail, set to, start, start in, start off, start out, take off, take up, turn to