verb com·mence \kə-ˈmen(t)s\

: to begin


Full Definition of COMMENCE

transitive verb
:  to enter upon :  begin <commence proceedings>
intransitive verb
:  to have or make a beginning :  start
chiefly British :  to take a degree at a university
com·menc·er noun

Examples of COMMENCE

  1. The festivities will commence with a parade.
  2. Their contract commences in January.
  3. The court commenced criminal proceedings.
  4. The country has commenced preparations for war.
  5. Dear God, I thought, I've been infected by an earworm. My friend the Longhair says that's what you call songs that burrow into your head and commence chewing your brains. —Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly, 24 Apr./1 May 2009

Origin of COMMENCE

Middle English comencen, from Anglo-French comencer, from Vulgar Latin *cominitiare, from Latin com- + Late Latin initiare to begin, from Latin, to initiate
First Known Use: 14th century


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