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commence


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Commence  \Com*mence"\,  v.  t. 
  To  enter  upon  to  begin;  to  perform  the  first  act  of 
 
  Many  a  wooer  doth  commence  his  suit.  --Shak. 
 
  Note:  It  is  the  practice  of  good  writers  to  use  the  verbal 
  noun  (instead  of  the  infinitive  with  to)  after 
  commence;  as  he  commenced  studying,  not  he  commenced 
  to  study. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Commence  \Com*mence"\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Commenced};  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Commencing}.]  [F.  commencer,  OF  comencier  fr  L. 
  com-  +  initiare  to  begin.  See  {Initiate}.] 
  1.  To  have  a  beginning  or  origin;  to  originate;  to  start  to 
  begin. 
 
  Here  the  anthem  doth  commence.  --Shak. 
 
  His  heaven  commences  ere  the  world  be  past. 
  --Goldsmith. 
 
  2.  To  begin  to  be  or  to  act  as  [Archaic] 
 
  We  commence  judges  ourselves  --Coleridge. 
 
  3.  To  take  a  degree  at  a  university.  [Eng.] 
 
  I  question  whether  the  formality  of  commencing  was 
  used  in  that  age.  --Fuller. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  commence 
  v  1:  take  the  first  step  or  steps  in  carrying  out  an  action:  "We 
  began  working  at  dawn";  "Who  will  start?"  "Get  working 
  as  soon  as  the  sun  rises!"  [syn:  {begin},  {get},  {start 
  out},  {start},  {set  about},  {set  out}]  [ant:  {end}] 
  2:  set  in  motion,  cause  to  start  "The  U.S.  started  a  war  in 
  the  Middle  East";  "The  Iraquis  began  hostilities";  "begin 
  a  new  chapter  in  your  life"  [syn:  {begin},  {lead  off},  {start}] 
  [ant:  {end}] 
  3:  get  off  the  ground;  "Who  started  this  company?"  "We  embarked 
  on  an  exciting  enterprise"  [syn:  {start},  {start  up},  {begin}, 
  {embark  on}] 




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