re·​com·​mence (ˌ)rē-kə-ˈmen(t)s How to pronounce recommence (audio)
recommenced; recommencing; recommences
intransitive : to undergo a new beginning : start or commence again
The search recommenced early the next morning in more favorable weather conditions with gentle winds and no waves.Len Lisenbee
The marshal had to review the design plans and make sure it was up to code before construction could recommence.Kimberly Barker
transitive : to cause (something) to begin again : renew
The gunner in the other jeep spun his weapon 180 degrees and recommenced firing, the tracers reaching out to the clump of large dead trees the convoy commander had mentioned as the probable site of the enemy fire.Marshall Harrison
As soon as she supposed me absorbed in my occupation she recommenced her silent weeping …Emily Brontë

Examples of recommence in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web More assassinations accompanied the emergence of the tribunal; within one week of the government’s approval of the tribunal protocol in November 2006, Lebanon’s series of political murders recommenced after a year’s lull. William Harris, Foreign Affairs, 30 June 2011 The incident occurred more than 30 hours before Madrid is set to recommence its quest for a record 15th Champions League crown against 2019/2020 semi-finalists Leipzig at the Red Bull Arena. Tom Sanderson, Forbes, 12 Feb. 2024 Sun Peak will recommence work on three exploration licenses at the Shire Project in the first half of 2024, which will include drilling to test multiple copper-gold VMS targets developed by the Company. Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 7 Feb. 2024 The tour, which began last year with support from Ludacris, will recommence in Hawaii in March. Matthew Strauss, Pitchfork, 16 Jan. 2024 Related The tour will now recommence on March 19 at the Footprint Center in Phoenix (a make-up for a show originally scheduled for Nov. 30), followed by a March 25 show in San Diego at Pechanga Arena through a Sept. 13 show at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 6 Oct. 2023 Exposure to sunlight essentially neutralizes this signal, but once these minerals became buried under thousands of feet of ice, the sun’s rays could no longer reach them, and the electron buildup recommenced. Matt Simon, WIRED, 20 July 2023 Municipal court services have since reopened, resuming administrative hearings and community court hearings, but trials and jury duty will recommence at a later date per a city announcement. Josephine Peterson, Dallas News, 5 June 2023 With remarkable deftness, the wheels have been set in motion to recommence this most ancient form of female subjugation. Maria Laurino, The New Republic, 29 June 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of recommence was in the 15th century

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“Recommence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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