- Begin: [with object]: his design team commenced work [no object]: a public inquiry is due to commence on the 16thMore example sentences
begin, start, start off; get down to business, get the ball rolling, get going, get under way, get off the ground, make a start on, set about, go about, enter on, embark on, launch into, lead off, get down to, set in motion, ring up the curtain on, open, initiate, institute, inaugurate; go aheadBritish • informal get weaving (on)
- 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.
Middle English: from Old French commencier, comencier, based on Latin com- (expressing intensive force) + initiare 'begin'.