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English verb: commence

1. commence (change) take the first step or steps in carrying out an action


SamplesWe 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.


ExamplesThey commence moving


Synonymsbegin, get, get down, set about, set out, start, start out


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE.
Somebody ----s VERB-ing


Narrower (hyponym)attack, auspicate, bestir oneself, break in, come on, embark, enter, fall, get cracking, get going, get moving, get rolling, get started, get to, get weaving, jump off, launch, plunge, recommence, strike out


Verb groupbegin


Antonymsterminate, end

2. commence (change) set in motion, cause to start


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


Synonymsbegin, lead off, start


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Narrower (hyponym)commence, embark on, inaugurate, introduce, jump-start, jumpstart, recommence, set off, start, start up, usher in


Causebegin, start


Verb groupbegin


Antonymsterminate, end

3. commence (creation) get off the ground


SamplesWho 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.


Synonymsembark on, start, start up


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)begin, commence, lead off, start


Narrower (hyponym)inaugurate, kick off, open









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