recommence

verb
re·​com·​mence | \ (ˌ)rē-kə-ˈmen(t)s How to pronounce recommence (audio) \
recommenced; recommencing; recommences

Definition of recommence

1 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
2 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

First Known Use of recommence

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Recommence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/recommence. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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