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Commence

The word commence and its family (commenced, commences, commencement, commencing, recommences, recommenced, recommencing) are included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

Video footage: Formal hearings commence with an international tribunal for Japanese war criminals in 1946, Tokyo, Japan, one of the accused, Hideki Tojo, a former General of the Imperial Japanese Army
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Definition of the verb commence

What does commence mean as a doing word?

Commence is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: commenced | commencing | commences

  1. take the first step or steps in carrying out an action
    • example: They commence moving
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme]John started the party
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] by [Oblique]We began the campaign by soliciting donations | We initiated the campaign by soliciting donations
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] with [Instrument]I began the party with a speech | I opened the event with a speech
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, subject control with -ing]John began going to the area
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, subject control with infinitive]He began to pack
      [Instrument] [Verb] [Theme]A murder began the book
      [Theme] [Verb]The storm began
      [Theme] [Verb] with [Instrument]The party began with a bang

      Aspectual Verbs (with the same syntax): begin, recommence, resume, start, undertake.

    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonyms of commence: begin / get / get down / set about / set out / start / start out
    • more specific terms:
  2. set in motion, cause to start
  3. get off the ground

Alternative definition of the verb commence

verb

  1. [transitive] To begin, start.

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Commence

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Google previewAn Inquiry Into the Permanent Causes of the Decline and Fall of Pourful and Wealthy Nations ... Designed to Shew how the Prosperity of the British Empire May be Prolonged. 2. Ed (1807)

by William Playfair

It is not a matter that admits of dispute; but to fix the point where the inability will commence is a problem to resolve of a very difficult nature; it is indeed a problem, the re-solution of which depends upon some circumstances that cannot be ...

Google previewThe Death Committee (2012)

by Noah Gordon

The meeting about to commence is the Mortality Conference. It is that portion of the week which is most important to your continuing professional development. Once you leave the operating room the surgery you perform there becomes a ...

Google previewFowler's Concise Dictionary of Modern English Usage (2015)

by Fellow of the British Academy and Senior Research Fellow Jeremy Butterfield, Jeremy Butterfield

commence, begin, start. 1 Commence is a more formal Latinate word for begin or start.

Google previewThe Literary Panorama (1812)

It is not a matter that admits of dispute; but to fix the point where the inability will commence is a problem of a very difficult nature to solve; it is indeed a problem, the solution of which depends upon some circumstances which cannot be ...

Google previewTHE LITERARY PANORAMA, BEING A COMPENDIUM OF NATIONAL PAPERS AND PARLIAMENTARY REPORTS, ILLUSTRATIVE OF THE HISTORY, STATISTICS, AND COMMERCE OF THE EMPIRE; A UNIVERSAL EPITOME OF INTERESTING AND AMUSING INTELLIGENCE FROM ALL QUARTERS OF THE GLOBE; A REVIEW OF BOOKS, AND MAGAZINE OF VARIETIES FORMING AN ANNUAL REGISTERS. (1812)

It is not a matter that admits of dispute ; but to fix the point where the inability will commence is a problem of a very difficult nature to solve ; it is indeed a problem, the solution of which depends upon some circumstances which cannot be ascer- ...

Google previewChambers's Encyclopaedia (1865)

A Dictionary of Universal Knowledge for the People ...

' Letters commence, ' Madam.' Baron'sSon — "The ...

Google previewThe Oxford Dictionary of American Usage and Style (2000)

by Bryan A. Garner

Commence, a FORMAL WORD, is sometimes unnecessarily stilted. The OED notes that "begin is preferred in ordinary use; commence has more formal associations with law and procedure, combat, divine service, ...

Google previewThe American and English Encyclopaedia of Law (1904)

by David Shephard Garland, Lucius Polk McGehee, James Cockcroft, Charles Porterfield

As to whether the one-year clause is applicable to parol leases for a year to commence at a future day, the American courts have long In a number of jurisdictions such leases are treated as on the same footing as other contracts and are held ...

Google previewA Complete Dictionary of the Law and Practice of Elections of Members of Parliament, and of election petitions and committees for England, Scotland, and Ireland, etc (1837)

by John David CHAMBERS

the poll is to commence at eight in the forenoon of the day next following the day fixed for the election,

then to commence on Monday; if Good Friday, then on Saturday; if Christmas day, then on day following, or if Sunday, ...

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Usage statistics about commence

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb commence:

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Commence Meaning

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Quotes about Commence

Whenever is found what is called a paternal government, there is found state education. It has been discovered that the best way to ensure implicit obedience is to commence tyranny in the nursery. (Benjamin Disraeli)
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Scrabble value of C3O1M3M3E1N1C3E1

The value of this 8-letter word is 16 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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