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Commence

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Pronunciation : Com*mence"
Part of Speech : v.
Etymology : [F. commencer, OF. commencier, fr. L. com- + initiare to begin. See Initiate.]
Definition : 1. To have a beginning or origin; to originate; to start; to begin. Here the anthem doth commence. Shak. His heaven commences ere the world be past. Goldsmith.

2. To begin to be, or to act as. [Archaic] We commence judges ourselves. Coleridge.

3. To take a degree at a university. [Eng.] I question whether the formality of commencing was used in that age. Fuller.

i. [imp. & p. p. Commenced; p. pr. & vb. n. Commencing.]
Source : Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, 1913

Pronunciation : Com*mence"
Part of Speech : v.
Definition : Defn: To enter upon; to begin; to perform the first act of. Many a wooer doth commence his suit. Shak.

Note: It is the practice of good writers to use the verbal noun (instead of the infinitive with to) after commence; as, he commenced studying, not he commenced to study.

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Source : Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, 1913

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