Definition of commence in English:



  • Begin.

    [with object] ‘his design team commenced work’
    [no object] ‘a public inquiry is due to commence on the 16th’
    • ‘Work is due to commence shortly and it is estimated it will take a year to bring this project to fruition.’
    • ‘The course will take place on two mornings per week for 12 weeks commencing in late September.’
    • ‘It will be held in the meeting room commencing at 9 pm and all committee members are asked to attend.’
    • ‘All customers please note that week commencing June 9 will be recyclables only.’
    • ‘The following day a section of rail workers was due to commence a two-day strike.’
    • ‘The Institute offers a wide range of courses to adults commencing every September and January.’
    • ‘The good news is that the building has commenced and is due to be completed by the end of August.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This will give the children a great preparation before commencing school the following September.’
    • ‘The review is due to commence in June with the panel expected to report its findings in October 2005.’
    • ‘Next month the guild will hold its Christmas party commencing at 1pm.’
    • ‘There will be a Vintage Parade commencing at 2pm from the local Community Hall.’
    • ‘The Hebrew day commenced six hours ahead of our day, at sunset the previous day.’
    • ‘Training has commenced for all teams and new players would be very welcome in any age group.’
    • ‘The tournaments in billiards and snooker will soon be commencing so members should come in and get in some practice.’
    • ‘Full planning permission has been granted with construction due to commence this year.’
    • ‘Work is due to commence shortly, so hopefully the problem will finally be resolved.’
    • ‘There will be an evening fixture on Monday, with the action commencing at 6pm.’
    • ‘It is hoped to commence construction on the initial phase of the plan this Autumn.’
    begin, start, start off
    get down to business, get the ball rolling, get going, get under way, get off the ground, make a start on, set about, go about, enter on, embark on, launch into, lead off, get down to, set in motion, ring up the curtain on, open, initiate, institute, inaugurate
    go ahead
    get cracking on, get stuck into, kick off, get the show on the road
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Middle English: from Old French commencier, comencier, based on Latin com- (expressing intensive force) + initiare begin.