Definition of commence in English:

commence

verb

  • Begin.

    with object ‘his design team commenced work’
    no object ‘a public inquiry is due to commence on the 16th’
    • ‘The tournaments in billiards and snooker will soon be commencing so members should come in and get in some practice.’
    • ‘This will give the children a great preparation before commencing school the following September.’
    • ‘The good news is that the building has commenced and is due to be completed by the end of August.’
    • ‘The Institute offers a wide range of courses to adults commencing every September and January.’
    • ‘There will be an evening fixture on Monday, with the action commencing at 6pm.’
    • ‘Work is due to commence shortly and it is estimated it will take a year to bring this project to fruition.’
    • ‘This was still being worked on at the time of my visit but production is due to commence at the beginning of December.’
    • ‘On arrival the group were divided into four teams and then activities commenced.’
    • ‘Training has commenced for all teams and new players would be very welcome in any age group.’
    • ‘All customers please note that week commencing June 9 will be recyclables only.’
    • ‘The review is due to commence in June with the panel expected to report its findings in October 2005.’
    • ‘Work is due to commence shortly, so hopefully the problem will finally be resolved.’
    • ‘There will be a Vintage Parade commencing at 2pm from the local Community Hall.’
    • ‘It is hoped to commence construction on the initial phase of the plan this Autumn.’
    • ‘Next month the guild will hold its Christmas party commencing at 1pm.’
    • ‘Full planning permission has been granted with construction due to commence this year.’
    • ‘The Hebrew day commenced six hours ahead of our day, at sunset the previous day.’
    • ‘The course will take place on two mornings per week for 12 weeks commencing in late September.’
    • ‘The following day a section of rail workers was due to commence a two-day strike.’
    • ‘It will be held in the meeting room commencing at 9 pm and all committee members are asked to attend.’
    begin, start, start off
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Origin

Middle English: from Old French commencier, comencier, based on Latin com- (expressing intensive force) + initiare ‘begin’.

Pronunciation

commence

/kəˈmɛns/