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Noun commencement has 3 senses
  1. beginning, commencement, first, outset, get-go, start, kickoff, starting time, showtime, offset - 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"
    --1 is a kind of point, point in time
    --1 has particulars:
     birth; incipiency, incipience; terminus a quo, starting point; threshold
  2. commencement, commencement exercise, commencement ceremony, graduation, graduation exercise - an academic exercise in which diplomas are conferred
    --2 is a kind of exercise
    --2 has parts: baccalaureate
  3. beginning, start, commencement - the act of starting something; "he was responsible for the beginning of negotiations"
    --3 is a kind of change of state
    --3 has particulars:
     springboard, jumping-off point, point of departure; activation; attack, tone-beginning; constitution, establishment, formation, organization, organisation; Creation; introduction, debut, first appearance, launching, unveiling, entry; face-off; first step, initiative, opening move, opening; groundbreaking, groundbreaking ceremony; housing start; icebreaker; inauguration, startup; initiation, founding, foundation, institution, origination, creation, innovation, introduction, instauration; installation, installing, installment, instalment; jump ball; kickoff; resumption, recommencement; scrum, scrummage; startup
    Derived forms: verb commence3, verb commence2, verb commence1
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