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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Commencement  \Com*mence"ment\,  n.  [F.  commencement.] 
  1.  The  first  existence  of  anything  act  or  fact  of 
  commencing;  rise;  origin;  beginning;  start 
 
  The  time  of  Henry  VII.  .  .  .  nearly  coincides  with 
  the  commencement  of  what  is  termed  ``modern 
  history.''  --Hallam. 
 
  2.  The  day  when  degrees  are  conferred  by  colleges  and 
  universities  upon  students  and  others 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  commencement 
  n  1:  the  time  at  which  something  begins;  "They  got  an  early 
  start"  [syn:  {beginning},  {first},  {outset},  {start},  {kickoff}, 
  {starting  time},  {offset}]  [ant:  {middle},  {end}] 
  2:  an  academic  exercise  in  which  diplomas  are  conferred  [syn:  {commencement 
  exercise},  {commencement  ceremony},  {graduation},  {graduation 
  exercise}] 
  3:  the  act  of  starting  something  "he  was  responsible  for  the 
  beginning  of  negotiations"  [syn:  {beginning},  {start}] 
  [ant:  {finish}] 




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