Definition of commence
- commence proceedings
The festivities will commence with a parade.
Their contract commences in January.
The court commenced criminal proceedings.
The country has commenced preparations for war.
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First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
: to begin
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of yeast or being unsettled or frivolous
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