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commence Syllabification: com·mence
Pronunciation: /kəˈmens/

Definition of commence in English:


Begin; start: [with object]: his design team commenced work [no object]: a public inquiry is due to commence on the 16th
More example sentences
  • Training has commenced for all teams and new players would be very welcome in any age group.
  • On arrival the group were divided into four teams and then activities commenced.
  • The good news is that the building has commenced and is due to be completed by the end of August.
get the ball rolling, get going, get underway, get off the ground, set about, embark on, launch into, lead off;
open, initiate, inaugurate


Middle English: from Old French commencier, comencier, based on Latin com- (expressing intensive force) + initiare 'begin'.

Words that rhyme with commence

cense, common sense, condense, dense, dispense, expense, fence, hence, Hortense, immense, offence (US offense), pence, prepense, pretence (US pretense), sense, spence, suspense, tense, thence, whence
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