Definition of commence in English:

commence

Line breaks: com|mence
Pronunciation: /kəˈmɛns
 
/

verb

Begin: [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.
Synonyms
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 ahead
informal get cracking on, get stuck into, kick off, get the show on the road
British informal get weaving (on)

Origin

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

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