Examples of commence in a Sentence
- 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
- He thereupon commenced giving me this fantastically boring lecture about how the only reason I want a stuffed chicken is because they look so good in a shop window, and that the moment I received one I'd start dreaming up ways to ditch it. —Douglas Coupland, Generation X, 1991
- The policy would commence not only with the limiting of permits for the building of hotels and boats but with supervision—through expert architectural advice—of the construction of these boats and hotels … —William Styron, This Quiet Dust and Other Writings, (1953) 1982
- "Why shoot, I thought you wanted to be a lawyer, you've already commenced going to court." The ladies laughed again. —Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird, 1960
- I have commenced two letters to send you before this, both of which displeased me before I got half done, and so I tore them up. —Abraham Lincoln, letter, 4 May 1837
The festivities will commence with a parade.
Their contract commences in January.
The court commenced criminal proceedings.
The country has commenced preparations for war.
Recent Examples of commence from the Web
Luciano, an 18-year-old right-handed pitcher from the Dominican Republic, will go to rookie-level Burlington when the season commences.
Latest: The host of robberies, rapes, and murders netted Goudeau nine death sentences, grossing more than 1,600 years in prison, and commencing the countdown on death row’s retribution list.
The group competed with three other projects and was ultimately awarded the grant, commencing their final plans.
But as soon as the show commenced, Jackson made a swift and unexpected exit.
When the green flew again, Hunter-Reay led Castroneves with Andretti present mainly as an observer and perhaps Indy’s greatest mini-shootout commenced.
On the morning of Friday, May 11, a 14-year-old boy arrived at his former high school in Palmdale, California, just before first-period classes commenced, and began shooting a semiautomatic rifle, striking a 15-year-old boy in the arm.
Before the battle commenced, Cavaliere agreed to allow the winning team to transform his white hair blue.
The Senate passed a non-binding authorization of force on March 23, 1999, after which the bombing immediately commenced – before the House had a chance to vote on it.
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Origin and Etymology of commence
get going, get to, set about;
Synonym Discussion of commence
- begin a trip
- began dancing
- the work started slowly
- commence firing
- commenced a conversation
- initiated diplomatic contacts
- the discovery of penicillin inaugurated a new era in medicine
- ushered in a period of economic decline
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Definition of commence for English Language Learners
: to begin
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