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English definition of “commence”

commence

verb [I or T]     /kəˈmens/ formal
C2 to begin something: We will commence building work in August of next year. Shall we let the meeting commence? [+ -ing verb] Unfortunately, he commenced speaking before all the guests had finished eating.Starting and beginningStarting again
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