commencement

noun com·mence·ment \ kə-ˈmen(t)s-mənt \
Updated on: 16 Apr 2018

Definition of commencement

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

Recent Examples of commencement from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of commencement


COMMENCEMENT Defined for English Language Learners

commencement

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

commencement

noun com·mence·ment \ kə-ˈmens-mənt \

Definition of commencement for Students

1 : graduation exercises
2 : the act or the time of beginning
  • We look forward to commencement of the school year.


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