Commence (verb)

  1. To begin or start, especially formally or ceremonially.
  2. To come into existence; to start to happen.
  3. To start a course of action or a process.


From old french comencier, from latin cominitiare ('to initiate').


  1. The graduation ceremony will commence at 2 PM.
  2. The construction work will commence next month.
  3. The concert will commence with a performance by the choir.
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