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commencement

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noun com·mence·ment \kə-ˈmen(t)s-mənt\

Simple Definition of commencement

  • : the time when something begins

  • : a ceremony during which degrees or diplomas are given to students who have graduated from a school or college

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of commencement

  1. 1 :  an act, instance, or time of commencing

  2. 2 a :  the ceremonies or the day for conferring degrees or diplomas b :  the period of activities at this time

Examples of commencement in a sentence

  1. A poet will speak at the commencement.

  2. <there was a large turnout at the commencement of the conference, but the numbers dwindled as it progressed>



13th Century

First Known Use of commencement

13th century


COMMENCEMENT Defined for Kids

commencement

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noun com·mence·ment \kə-ˈmens-mənt\

Definition of commencement for Students

  1. 1 :  graduation exercises

  2. 2 :  the act or the time of beginning <We look forward to commencement of the school year.>





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