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Pronunciation:  ku'mensmunt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of starting something; "he was responsible for the beginning of negotiations"
  2. [n]  an academic exercise in which diplomas are conferred
  3. [n]  the time at which something begins; "They got an early start"

COMMENCEMENT is a 12 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: beginning, beginning, commencement ceremony, commencement exercise, first, graduation, graduation exercise, kickoff, offset, outset, start, start, starting time
 Antonyms: end, ending, finish, finishing, middle
 See Also: accession, activation, attack, baccalaureate, birth, change of state, constitution, Creation, debut, entry, establishment, exercise, face-off, first appearance, first step, formation, foundation, founding, groundbreaking, groundbreaking ceremony, housing start, icebreaker, inauguration, incipience, incipiency, initiation, initiative, innovation, installation, installing, installment, instauration, institution, introduction, jump ball, kickoff, launching, opening, opening move, organisation, organization, origination, point, point in time, recommencement, resumption, rise to power, scrum, scrummage, starting point, startup, terminus a quo, threshold, tone-beginning, unveiling



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Com*mence"ment\, n. [F. commencement.]
1. The first existence of anything; act or fact of
   commencing; rise; origin; beginning; start.

         The time of Henry VII. . . . nearly coincides with
         the commencement of what is termed ``modern
         history.''                            --Hallam.

2. The day when degrees are conferred by colleges and
   universities upon students and others.

Thesaurus Terms
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