Com·mence v. i. [imp. & p. p. Commenced p. pr. & vb. n. Commencing.]
1. To have a beginning or origin; to originate; to start; to begin.
Here the anthem doth commence. --Shak.
His heaven commences ere the world be past. --Goldsmith.
2. To begin to be, or to act as. [Archaic]
We commence judges ourselves. --Coleridge.
3. To take a degree at a university. [Eng.]
I question whether the formality of commencing was used in that age. --Fuller.
Com·mence, v. t. To enter upon; to begin; to perform the first act of.
Many a wooer doth commence his suit. --Shak.
Note: ☞ It is the practice of good writers to use the verbal noun (instead of the infinitive with to) after commence; as, he commenced studying, not he commenced to study.
v 1: take the first step or steps in carrying out an action; "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" [syn: get down, begin, get,
start out, start, set about, set out] [ant: end]
2: set in motion, cause to start; "The U.S. started a war in
the Middle East"; "The Iraqis began hostilities"; "begin a
new chapter in your life" [syn: begin, lead off, start]
3: get off the ground; "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" [syn: start,
start up, embark on]