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English noun: commencement

1. commencement (time) the time at which something is supposed to begin


SamplesThey got an early start.
She knew from the get-go that he was the man for her.


Synonymsbeginning, first, get-go, kickoff, offset, outset, showtime, start, starting time


Broader (hypernym)point, point in time


Narrower (hyponym)birth, incipience, incipiency, starting point, terminus a quo, threshold


Antonymsend, ending, middle

2. commencement (event) an academic exercise in which diplomas are conferred


Synonymscommencement ceremony, commencement exercise, graduation, graduation exercise


Broader (hypernym)exercise


Part holonymbaccalaureate

3. commencement (act) the act of starting something


SamplesHe was responsible for the beginning of negotiations.


Synonymsbeginning, start


Broader (hypernym)change of state


Narrower (hyponym)activation, attack, constitution, creation, debut, entry, establishment, face-off, first appearance, first step, formation, foundation, founding, groundbreaking, groundbreaking ceremony, housing start, icebreaker, inauguration, initiation, initiative, innovation, installation, installing, installment, instalment, instauration, institution, introduction, introduction, jump ball, jumping-off point, kickoff, launching, opening, opening move, organisation, organization, origination, point of departure, recommencement, resumption, scrum, scrummage, springboard, startup, startup, tone-beginning, unveiling


Instance hyponymCreation


Antonymsfinishing, finish









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