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Meaning & Definition of Commence in English

English

Commence

/kəmɛns/

verb

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"
    synonym:
  • get down
  • ,
  • begin
  • ,
  • get
  • ,
  • start out
  • ,
  • start
  • ,
  • set about
  • ,
  • set out
  • ,
  • commence

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"
    synonym:
  • begin
  • ,
  • lead off
  • ,
  • start
  • ,
  • commence

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"
    synonym:
  • start
  • ,
  • start up
  • ,
  • embark on
  • ,
  • commence