commence

  • 1 commence — commence, begin, start 1. Commence is a more formal Latinate word for begin or start. Fowler s advice (1926) was to use begin and its derivatives except when these seem incongruous (which is in fact rare); occasions when commence is more… …

    Modern English usage

  • 2 commence — I verb arise, auspicate, begin, bring, broach, come into existence, come into the world, embark on, engage in, enter upon, inaugurate, incept, incipere, initiate, install, institute, introduce, launch, lay the foundations, make one s debut, open …

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  • 3 commencé — commencé, ée (ko man sé, sée) part. passé. 1°   Une construction commencée. L année étant commencée. •   Le coeur qui n était encore que commencé à former, DESC. Foetus, 4. •   Serons nous fort contents d une pénitence commencée à l agonie, qui n …

    Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • 4 Commence — Com*mence (k[o^]m*m[e^]ns ), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Commenced} (k[o^]m*m[e^]nst ); 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… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 Commence — Com*mence , v. t. To enter upon; to begin; to perform the first act of. [1913 Webster] Many a wooer doth commence his suit. Shak. [1913 Webster] Note: It is the practice of good writers to use the verbal noun (instead of the infinitive with to)… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 6 commence — c.1300, from O.Fr. comencier to begin, start (10c., Mod.Fr. commencer), from V.L. *cominitiare, originally to initiate as priest, consecrate, from L. com together (see COM (Cf. com )) + initiare to initiate, from initium (see INITIAL (Cf …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 7 commence — *begin, start, initiate, inaugurate Analogous words: institute, *found, organize, establish Contrasted words: finish, complete, conclude, terminate, end, *close …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 8 commence — [v] start action arise, begin, come into being, come into existence, embark on, enter upon, get cracking*, get going, get one’s feet wet*, get show on road*, hit the ground running*, inaugurate, initiate, jump into, kick off*, launch, lead off,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 9 commencé — Commencé, [commenc]ée. part. Il a la mesme signification que son verbe …

    Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • 10 commence — ► VERB ▪ begin. ORIGIN Old French commencier, from Latin initiare begin …

    English terms dictionary

  • 11 commence — [kə mens′] vi., vt. commenced, commencing [ME commencen < OFr comencier < VL * cominitiare, orig., to initiate as priest, consecrate < L com , together + initiare, to INITIATE] to begin; start; originate SYN. BEGIN commencer n …

    English World dictionary

  • 12 commence — v. (formal) 1) (D; intr.) to commence with (we ll commence with a reading of the minutes of the last meeting) 2) (rare) (O) (mil.) commence firing! * * * [kə mens] (rare) (G) (mil.) commence firing! (formal) (D; intr.) to commence with (we ll… …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 13 commence — 01. The ceremony will [commence] in 15 minutes. 02. The wedding can t [commence] until the bride s father arrives. 03. My holidays [commence] at the beginning of May. 04. Sales tax will be increased [commencing] next month. 05. She had to get all …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 14 commence — com|mence [kəˈmens] v [I and T] formal [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: comencer, from Vulgar Latin cominitiare, from Latin com ( COM ) + initiare to begin ] to begin or to start something ▪ Work will commence on the new building… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 commence — verb (I, T) formal to begin or to start something (+ with): A trial commences with opening statements. | commence sth: Your first evaluation will be six months after you commence employment. | commence doing sth: You may commence reading, Jeremy …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 commence — verb (commenced; commencing) Etymology: Middle English comencen, from Anglo French comencer, from Vulgar Latin *cominitiare, from Latin com + Late Latin initiare to begin, from Latin, to initiate Date: 14th century transitive verb to enter upon ; …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 17 commence — verb Commence is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑enquiry, ↑hostility, ↑period, ↑proceedings Commence is used with these nouns as the object: ↑proceedings, ↑work …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 18 commence */*/ — UK [kəˈmens] / US verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms commence : present tense I/you/we/they commence he/she/it commences present participle commencing past tense commenced past participle commenced formal to begin, or to begin something… …

    English dictionary

  • 19 commence — See begin. See begin, commence …

    Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • 20 commence —     Work on the project is scheduled to commence in June (Financial Times). An unnecessary genteelism. What s wrong with begin} …

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