commencement

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

Definition of commencement

  1. 1 :  an act, instance, or time of commencing They awaited the commencement of the trial.

  2. 2a :  the ceremonies or the day for conferring degrees or diplomas A Nobel Prize winner will speak at the commencement.b :  the period of activities at this time Commencement will kick off with a family reception followed by a banquet.

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

Origin and Etymology of commencement

see commence


First Known Use: 13th century


COMMENCEMENT Defined for English Language Learners

commencement

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

Definition of commencement for English Language Learners

  • : the time when something begins

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


COMMENCEMENT Defined for Kids

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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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