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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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