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4 definitions found
 for commence
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Commence \Com*mence"\, v. t.
     To enter upon; to begin; to perform the first act of.
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           Many a wooer doth commence his suit.     --Shak.
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     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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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 start; to
        begin.
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              Here the anthem doth commence.        --Shak.
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              His heaven commences ere the world be past.
                                                    --Goldsmith.
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     2. To begin to be, or to act as. [Archaic]
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              We commence judges ourselves.         --Coleridge.
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     3. To take a degree at a university. [Eng.]
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              I question whether the formality of commencing was
              used in that age.                     --Fuller.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  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!"; "The first tourists began to
           arrive in Cambodia"; "He began early in the day"; "Let's
           get down to work now" [syn: get down, begin, get,
           start out, start, set about, set out, commence]
           [ant: end, terminate]
      2: set in motion, cause to start; "The U.S. started a war in the
         Middle East"; "The Iraqis began hostilities"; "begin a new
         chapter in your life" [syn: begin, lead off, start,
         commence] [ant: end, terminate]
      3: get off the ground; "Who started this company?"; "We embarked
         on an exciting enterprise"; "I start my day with a good
         breakfast"; "We began the new semester"; "The afternoon
         session begins at 4 PM"; "The blood shed started when the
         partisans launched a surprise attack" [syn: start, start
         up, embark on, commence]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  39 Moby Thesaurus words for "commence":
     arise, begin, blast away, blast off, come into being, dive in,
     embark, embark on, embark upon, enter, enter upon, establish,
     fall to, get to, go ahead, head into, inaugurate, initiate,
     jump off, kick off, launch, lead off, open, originate, pitch in,
     plunge into, send off, set about, set in, set out, set sail,
     set to, start, start in, start off, start out, take off, take up,
     turn to
  
  

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