1. The first existence of anything; act or fact of commencing; rise; origin; beginning; start.
The time of Henry VII. . . . nearly coincides with the commencement of what is termed =\“modern history.”\= --Hallam.
2. The day when degrees are conferred by colleges and universities upon students and others.
n 1: the time at which something is supposed to begin; "they got
an early start"; "she knew from the get-go that he was
the man for her" [syn: beginning, first, outset, get-go,
start, kickoff, starting time, showtime, offset]
[ant: middle, end]
2: an academic exercise in which diplomas are conferred [syn: commencement
exercise, commencement ceremony, graduation, graduation
3: the act of starting something; "he was responsible for the
beginning of negotiations" [syn: beginning, start]