commence Definition

  • 1to begin or start something
  • 2to have a starting point in time

Using commence: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "commence" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The meeting will commence at 9 am sharp.

  • Example

    The concert will commence with a performance by the local choir.

  • Example

    The construction work is set to commence next month.

  • Example

    Let us commence our journey.

commence Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for commence

Antonyms for commence

  • end
  • conclude
  • terminate

Phrases with commence

  • commence hostilities

    to start a war or conflict


    The country decided to commence hostilities against its neighbor.

  • commence proceedings

    to begin legal action against someone


    The company has decided to commence proceedings against the contractor for breach of contract.

  • commence operations

    to start a business or organization


    The new factory will commence operations next year.

Origins of commence

from Old French 'comencier', from Latin 'cominitiare', meaning 'to initiate'


Summary: commence in Brief

The verb 'commence' [kəˈmens] means to start or begin something, or to have a starting point in time. It is often used in formal contexts, such as legal proceedings or business operations, as well as in everyday situations like meetings and journeys. Examples include 'The meeting will commence at 9 am sharp.' and 'Let us commence our journey.' Synonyms include 'begin,' 'start,' 'initiate,' 'embark on,' and 'launch.'

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