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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 com·mence /kəˈmɛn(t)s/
 (vt.)(vi.)開始,倡導

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.
 

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

 commence
      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]
         [ant: end]
      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]