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1. commence

verb. ['kəˈmɛns'] take the first step or steps in carrying out an action.

Synonyms

  • break in
  • jump off
  • get down
  • get to
  • set about
  • start
  • attack
  • get weaving
  • get moving
  • embark
  • come on
  • get going
  • recommence
  • plunge
  • bestir oneself
  • launch
  • fall
  • get
  • get rolling
  • get started
  • begin
  • set out
  • enter
  • start out
  • auspicate
  • strike out

Antonyms

  • stand still
  • raise
  • ascend
  • rise

Etymology

  • commencer (Old French (842-ca. 1400))

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Rhymes with Commence

  • misrepresents
  • nondefense
  • commonsense
  • suspense
  • pretense
  • expense
  • dispense
  • condense
  • intense
  • incense
  • defense
  • defence
  • whence
  • spens
  • spence
  • offense
  • immense
  • ferenc
  • thence
  • tense
  • sense
  • pense
  • pence
  • hense
  • hence
  • fence
  • dense
  • cents
  • bence

How do you pronounce commence?

Pronounce commence as kəˈmɛns.

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Sentences with commence


1. Verb, non-3rd person singular present
Orangutan mothers typically commence the weaning process when their offspring are somewhere between 3 and 4 years old.

2. Verb, base form
If everyone participates voluntarily, the drill is short and the cruise can commence.

3. Noun, singular or mass
Record, from the voyage charter, the time that loading or discharge is to commence.

Quotes about commence


1. Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.
- Albert Einstein

2. Never start with a clear idea of storyline. Instead, commence blindly, with a vague notion of trying to include a reference to your favourite band, gift shop, or chocolate bar.
- Alan C. Martin

3. The study of mathematics is apt to commence in disappointment... We are told that by its aid the stars are weighed and the billions of molecules in a drop of water are counted. Yet, like the ghost of Hamlet's father, this great science eludes the efforts of our mental weapons to grasp it.
- Alfred North Whitehead, An Introduction to Mathematics

2. commence

verb. ['kəˈmɛns'] set in motion, cause to start.

Synonyms

  • start up
  • recommence
  • set off
  • introduce
  • inaugurate
  • jumpstart
  • usher in
  • lead off
  • jump-start
  • start
  • embark on

Antonyms

  • encourage
  • elate
  • abstain
  • please

Etymology

  • commencer (Old French (842-ca. 1400))

3. commence

verb. ['kəˈmɛns'] get off the ground.

Synonyms

  • start up
  • kick off
  • open
  • inaugurate
  • lead off
  • start
  • embark on

Antonyms

  • end
  • avoid
  • refrain
  • deactivation

Etymology

  • commencer (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
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