- Begin; start: [with object]: his design team commenced work [no object]: a public inquiry is due to commence on the 16thMore 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.
Middle English: from Old French commencier, comencier, based on Latin com- (expressing intensive force) + initiare 'begin'.