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Definition 1: take the first step or steps in carrying out an action - [verb of change]

Samples where commence or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for commence in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of commence ) begin again

"we recommenced his reading after a short nap"

(... is a kind of commence ) start to be active

"Get cracking, please!"

(... is a kind of commence ) set out on (an enterprise or subject of study)

"she embarked upon a new career"

(... is a kind of commence ) occur or become available

"water or electricity came on again after the earthquake"

(... is a kind of commence ) begin with vigor

"He launched into a long diatribe" "She plunged into a dangerous adventure"

(... is a kind of commence ) start in a certain activity, enterprise, or role

(... is a kind of commence ) set to work upon; turn one's energies vigorously to a task

"I attacked the problem as soon as I got out of bed"

(... is a kind of commence ) commence in a manner calculated to bring good luck

"They auspicated the trip with a bottle of champagne"

(... is a kind of commence ) arrive at the point of

"She gets to fretting if I stay away from home too long"

(... is a kind of commence ) set off quickly, usually with success

"The freshman jumped off to a good start in his math class"

(... is a kind of commence ) begin vigorously

"The prisoners fell to work right away"

(... is a kind of commence ) set out on a course of action

"He struck out on his own"

(commence has a similar meaning as ...) begin to speak, understand, read, and write a language

"She began Russian at an early age" "We started French in fourth grade"

Definition 2: set in motion, cause to start - [verb of change]

Samples where commence or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The U.S. started a war in the Middle East
  • The Iraqis began hostilities
  • begin a new chapter in your life

Synonyms for commence in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of commence ) start or re-start vigorously

"The Secretary of State intends to jumpstart the Middle East Peace Process"

(... is a kind of commence ) cause to start anew

"The enemy recommenced hostilities after a few days of quiet"

(... is a kind of commence ) be a precursor of

"The fall of the Berlin Wall ushered in the post-Cold War period"

(... is a kind of commence ) set in motion or cause to begin

"The guide set the tour off to a good start"

(... is a kind of 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"

(commence causes ...) have a beginning, in a temporal, spatial, or evaluative sense

"The DMZ begins right over the hill" "The second movement begins after the Allegro" "Prices for these homes start at $250,000"

(commence has a similar meaning as ...) have a beginning, of a temporal event

"WW II began in 1939 when Hitler marched into Poland" "The company's Asia tour begins next month"

Definition 3: get off the ground - [verb of creation]

Samples where commence or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for commence in the sense of this definition

(commence is a kind of ...) 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"

(... is a kind of commence ) commence officially

(... is a kind of commence ) begin or set in action, of meetings, speeches, recitals, etc.

"He opened the meeting with a long speech"

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