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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Commence \Com*mence"\ (k[o^]m*m[e^]ns"), verb (used without an object) [imp. & p. p. {Commenced} (k[o^]m*m[e^]nst"); p. pr. & vb. n. {Commencing}.] [F. commencer, OF. comencier, fr. L. com- + initiare to begin. See {Initiate}.]

1. To have a beginning or origin; to originate; to start; to begin.

Here the anthem doth commence. --Shak.

His heaven commences ere the world be past. --Goldsmith.

2. To begin to be, or to act as. [Archaic]

We commence judges ourselves. --Coleridge.

3. To take a degree at a university. [Eng.]

I question whether the formality of commencing was used in that age. --Fuller.

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