Commence - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |kəˈmens|  American pronunciation of the word commence
Brit.  |kəˈmens|  British pronunciation of the word commence


- take the first step or steps in carrying out an action (syn: begin, get, get down, set about, set out, start, start out)
- set in motion, cause to start (syn: begin, lead off, start)
- get off the ground (syn: start, start up)

Extra examples

The festivities will commence with a parade.

Their contract commences in January.

The court commenced criminal proceedings.

The country has commenced preparations for war.

Work will commence on the new building immediately.

Your first evaluation will be six months after you commence employment.

The course commences with a one week introduction to Art Theory.

The planes commenced bombing at midnight.

...the primary offensive by the ground forces will commence at dawn tomorrow...

Word forms

I/you/we/they: commence
he/she/it: commences
present participle: commencing
past tense: commenced
past participle: commenced
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