Commence definition

kə-mĕns
To begin; start.
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To enter upon or have a beginning; start.
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To begin; start; originate.
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The definition of commence means to begin something.

Starting to work on a new project is an example of to commence.

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To begin to be, or to act as.
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(intransitive) To begin, start.
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(UK, intransitive, dated) To take a degree at a university.
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Origin of commence

  • Middle English commencen from Old French comencier from Vulgar Latin cominitiāre Latin com- intensive pref. com– Late Latin initiāre to begin (from Latin initium beginning ei- in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Borrowing from Old French commencer, from Vulgar Latin *cominitiō, *cominitiāre, formed on Latin com- + initiō.

    From Wiktionary