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English definition of “commencement”

commencement

noun uk   /kəˈmens.mənt/ us  
[C or U] formal the beginning of something: Would passengers please turn off their mobile phones before the commencement of the flight.Beginnings and starts [C] US a ceremony at which students formally receive their degreeCeremonies
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