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COMMENCEMENT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does commencement mean? 

COMMENCEMENT (noun)
  The noun COMMENCEMENT has 3 senses:

1. the time at which something is supposed to begin
2. an academic exercise in which diplomas are conferred
3. the act of starting something

  Familiarity information: COMMENCEMENT used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


COMMENCEMENT (noun)


Sense 1commencement [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The time at which something is supposed to begin

Classified under:

Nouns denoting time and temporal relations

Synonyms:

showtime; outset; offset; get-go; commencement; starting time; kickoff; beginning; start; first

Context examples:

they got an early start / she knew from the get-go that he was the man for her

Hypernyms ("commencement" is a kind of...):

point; point in time (an instant of time)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "commencement"):

birth (the time when something begins (especially life))

incipience; incipiency (beginning to exist or to be apparent)

starting point; terminus a quo (earliest limiting point)

threshold (the starting point for a new state or experience)


Sense 2commencement [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An academic exercise in which diplomas are conferred

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

graduation exercise; commencement exercise; commencement ceremony; graduation; commencement

Hypernyms ("commencement" is a kind of...):

exercise ((usually plural) a ceremony that involves processions and speeches)

Meronyms (parts of "commencement"):

baccalaureate (a farewell sermon to a graduating class at their commencement ceremonies)


Sense 3commencement [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of starting something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

commencement; beginning; start

Context example:

he was responsible for the beginning of negotiations

Hypernyms ("commencement" is a kind of...):

change of state (the act of changing something into something different in essential characteristics)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "commencement"):

jumping-off point; point of departure; springboard (a beginning from which an enterprise is launched)

inauguration; startup (the act of starting a new operation or practice)

creation; foundation; founding; initiation; innovation; instauration; institution; introduction; origination (the act of starting something for the first time; introducing something new)

installation; installing; installment; instalment (the act of installing something (as equipment))

jump ball ((basketball) the way play begins or resumes when possession is disputed; an official tosses the ball up between two players who jump in an effort to tap it to a teammate)

kickoff ((football) a kick from the center of the field to start a football game or to resume it after a score)

recommencement; resumption (beginning again)

scrum; scrummage ((rugby) the method of beginning play in which the forwards of each team crouch side by side with locked arms; play starts when the ball thrown in between them and the two sides compete for possession)

startup (the act of setting in operation)

icebreaker (a beginning that relaxes a tense or formal atmosphere)

housing start (the act of starting to construct a house)

activation (making active and effective (as a bomb))

attack; tone-beginning (a decisive manner of beginning a musical tone or phrase)

constitution; establishment; formation; organisation; organization (the act of forming something)

debut; entry; first appearance; introduction; launching; unveiling (the act of beginning something new)

face-off ((ice hockey) the method of starting play; a referee drops the puck between two opposing players)

first step; initiative; opening; opening move (the first of a series of actions)

groundbreaking; groundbreaking ceremony (the ceremonial breaking of the ground to formally begin a construction project)

Instance hyponyms:

Creation ((theology) God's act of bringing the universe into existence)


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