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COMMENCE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does commence mean? 

COMMENCE (verb)
  The verb COMMENCE has 3 senses:

1. take the first step or steps in carrying out an action
2. set in motion, cause to start
3. get off the ground

  Familiarity information: COMMENCE used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


COMMENCE (verb)


Sense 1commence [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Take the first step or steps in carrying out an action

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

begin; start out; start; set out; commence; set about; get down; get

Context examples:

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

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "commence"):

recommence (begin again)

bestir oneself; get cracking; get going; get moving; get rolling; get started; get weaving (start to be active)

embark; enter (set out on (an enterprise or subject of study))

come on (occur or become available)

launch; plunge (begin with vigor)

break in (start in a certain activity, enterprise, or role)

attack (set to work upon; turn one's energies vigorously to a task)

auspicate (commence in a manner calculated to bring good luck)

get to (arrive at the point of)

jump off (set off quickly, usually with success)

fall (begin vigorously)

strike out (set out on a course of action)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE
Somebody ----s VERB-ing

Sentence example:

They commence moving


Sense 2commence [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Set in motion, cause to start

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

start; commence; lead off; begin

Context examples:

The U.S. started a war in the Middle East / The Iraqis began hostilities / begin a new chapter in your life

Cause:

begin; start (have a beginning, in a temporal, spatial, or evaluative sense)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "commence"):

commence; embark on; start; start up (get off the ground)

set off (set in motion or cause to begin)

inaugurate; introduce; usher in (be a precursor of)

recommence (cause to start anew)

jump-start; jumpstart (start or re-start vigorously)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 3commence [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Get off the ground

Classified under:

Verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing

Synonyms:

embark on; start up; commence; start

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms (to "commence" is one way to...):

begin; commence; lead off; start (set in motion, cause to start)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "commence"):

inaugurate; kick off (commence officially)

open (begin or set in action, of meetings, speeches, recitals, etc.)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


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