commence

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v commence 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"
    • v commence 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"
    • v commence 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"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: On Sunday, December 7, 1941 at 7:55 AM, the attack on Pearl Harbor commenced
    • Commence To begin to be, or to act as. "We commence judges ourselves."
    • v. t Commence To enter upon; to begin; to perform the first act of.☞ 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 . "Many a wooer doth commence his suit."
    • Commence To have a beginning or origin; to originate; to start; to begin. "Here the anthem doth commence .""His heaven commences ere the world be past."
    • Commence To take a degree at a university. "I question whether the formality of commencing was used in that age."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Kermit the frog delivered the commencement address at Southampton College located in the state of New York in 1996
    • commence To come into existence; take rise or origin; first have existence; begin to be.
    • commence To enter a new state or assume a new character; begin to be (something different); turn to be or become.
    • commence To take a degree, or the first degree, in a university or college. See commencement.
    • commence To cause to begin to be; perform the first act of; enter upon; begin: as, to commence operations; to commence a suit, action, or process in law.
    • commence Synonyms Commence, Begin. In all ordinary uses commence is exactly synonymous with begin, which, as a purely English word, is nearly always preferable, but more especially before another verb in the infinitive.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Commence kom-ens′ to begin: to originate: to take rise
    • v.t Commence to begin: to originate: to enter upon: to take a university degree—e.g. 'to commence M.A.'—n. Commence′ment, the beginning: at certain universities the act of taking the degrees: the ceremony when these are conferred
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Quotations

  • Hosea Ballou
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    “Education commences at the mother's knee, and every word spoken within hearsay of little children tends toward the formation of character.”
  • Charles E. Popplestone
    Charles E. Popplestone
    “Those who commence deliberately. They plod on. They stick to it. They persevere and finally reap their rewards.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
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    “The best reformers the world has ever seen are those who commence on themselves.”
  • Thomas Jefferson
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    “Were I to commence my administration again, the first question I would ask respecting a candidate would be, Does he use ardent spirits?”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. commencer, OF. comencier, fr. L. com-, + initiare, to begin. See Initiate

Usage

In literature:

And so the pleasant days of the Easter holidays passed away, and the time for study and for work commenced.
"Victor's Triumph" by Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
Franklin immediately commenced practicing upon this newly discovered art.
"Benjamin Franklin, A Picture of the Struggles of Our Infant Nation One Hundred Years Ago" by John S. C. Abbott
Hortense, coming in ten minutes after, found, to her surprise, that Caroline had not yet commenced her exercise.
"Shirley" by Charlotte Brontë
His conductor released his wrist, and commenced to ascend the stairs.
"Fire Mountain" by Norman Springer
When does true ossification commence?
"A Treatise on Anatomy, Physiology, and Hygiene (Revised Edition)" by Calvin Cutter
Trees for spring-planting should always be taken up before the commencement of vegetation.
"Soil Culture" by J. H. Walden
The commencement of his command was the commencement of inactivity.
"The Writings Of Thomas Paine, Complete" by Thomas Paine
The march commenced, and my blood bounded.
"Waterloo" by Émile Erckmann
Some day the struggle would come, even if it had not already commenced.
"A Monk of Cruta" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
I shall commence at once to raise a company.
"Uncle Daniel's Story Of "Tom" Anderson And Twenty Great Battles" by John McElroy
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In poetry:

Here the anthem doth commence:
Love and constancy is dead;
Phoenix and the Turtle fled
In a mutual flame from hence.
"The Phoenix And The Turtle" by William Shakespeare
When June commenced each gilded morn,
The rose was wet with dew;
Each spreading tree and blooming thorn,
Were pleasant to the view.
"A Few Lines Concerning The Weather, In 1818" by Susannah Hawkins
When May commenced, each morn appear'd
As early in the spring;
The birds in mournful strains forbear'd,
Their cheerful notes to sing.
"A Few Lines Concerning The Weather, In 1818" by Susannah Hawkins
The banner hangs high in the heavens,
The beacon commences to burn;
The shout of the freedman goes upward,
To welcome their waited return.
"Columbia's Guardian Angels" by Henry Clay Work
Twice twelve years have passed this day,
Since our Sabbath School commenced;
Countless lessons have been learned,
Much instruction been dispensed.
"For The S.S. Concert" by Mary Ann H T Bigelow
"And here you must on no pretence
Make the first observation. Wait for the Victim to commence:
No Ghost of any common sense
Begins a conversation .
"Phantasmagoria Canto II ( Hys Fyve Rules )" by Lewis Carroll

In news:

Cardinal Francis George is expected give the commencement address at St Norbert College and receive an honorary degree.
President Obama delivers the commencement address May 14, 2012, to graduates at more.
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that a petition for Dissolution of your Marriage has been filed and commenced in this court and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on ALDO A CACERES, ESQ.
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that a petition for Dissolution of your Marriage has been filed and commenced in this court and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on ALICIA GARCIA-SELLEK, ESQ.
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that a petition for Dissolution of your Marriage has been filed and commenced in this court and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on DAVID L KESSLER, ESQ.
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that a petition for Dissolution of your Marriage has been filed and commenced in this court and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on MARK M BERKLEY, ESQ.
Zach Besecker (left) and Tim Anderson (right) enjoy a card game at Project Graduation-- the post-commencement party held at Kane Area High School.
In a remarkable 72 hours of his presidency, Barack Obama carried a momentous secret and gave no hint of it as he consoled tornado victims, delivered a college commencement address and cracked jokes at a black-tie dinner.
Voters will vote for one candidate for District 37 state representative for the term commencing Jan 1, 2013, on the Nov 6 General Election ballot.
Voters will vote for one candidate for Medina County sheriff for the term commencing Jan 1, 2013, on the Nov 6 General Election ballot.
Voters will vote for one candidate for District 34 state representative for the term commencing Jan 1, 2013, on the Nov 6 General Election ballot.
These are the graduate stories you didn't hear at commencement.
POTSDAM — The State University of New York at Potsdam awarded more than 920 undergraduate and graduate degrees during its 2012 Commencement ceremonies on May 19 and 2.
The State University of New York at Potsdam awarded more than 920 undergraduate and graduate degrees during its 2012 Commencement ceremonies on May 19 and 20.
Commencement will be held 7 pm June 4 in the Grand Valley High School Gymnasium.
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In science:

The top quark physics is expected to commence in the threshold region at the early stage of the collider operation and full exploration of the machine potential in that phase is crucial for the pro ject design.
How Well Can We Reconstruct the ttbar System Near its Threshold at Future e+e- Linear Colliders?
When ROTSE-IIIb commenced observations at 14.8 h, the intensity of GRB 030329 was decaying much more rapidly, consistent with a power law index of 1.85±0.07 and strongly inconsistent with the earlier curve observed with ROTSE-IIIa.
ROTSE-III Observations of the Early Afterglow From GRB 030329
It shortly commenced a rapid decay phase, consistent with a single power law of index 2.34±0.08.
ROTSE-III Observations of the Early Afterglow From GRB 030329
Particular attention is given to the exciting prospects that lie ahead, at the commencement of the LHC era, and beyond.
Beauty 2006 -- Conference Summary and Future Prospects
The radio outburst therefore commenced ∼7×107 years ago if the jet has not slowed appreciably.
A Radio through X-ray Study of the Hot Spots, Active Nucleus, and Environment of the Nearby FR II Radio Galaxy 3C 33
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