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commence

 
Verb commence has 3 senses
  1. get down, begin, get, start out, start, set about, set out, commence - 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"
    Derived form: noun commencement3
    Sample sentence:
    They commence moving
  2. begin, lead off, start, commence - 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"
    Derived form: noun commencement3
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Something ----s something
  3. start, start up, embark on, commence - 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"
    --3 is one way to begin, lead off, start, commence
    Derived form: noun commencement3
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Something ----s something
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