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English definition of “commencement”

commencement

noun [C/U]    /kəˈmens·mənt/
fml the beginning of something: the Senate's commencement of closed-door deliberations A commencement is also a ceremony at which students formally receive their diplomas (= documents to show they have successfully completed their studies).
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