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commence

verb arise, auspicate, begin, bring, broach, come into existence, come into the world, embark on, engage in, enter upon, inaugurate, incept, incipere, install, institute, introduce, launch, lay the foundaaions, make one's debut, open, originate, pioneer, put in execution, rise, set forth, set in operation, start, take the iniiiative, undertake, venture on
Associated concepts: commence a prosecution, commence a suit, commence by filing, commence by summons, commencement of a proceeding, commencement of a suit, commencement of a trial, commencement of action, duly commenced
See also: embark, initiate, originate, preface, stem, undertake
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The boy drew his chubby face down to a formidable length, and commenced toning a psalm tune through his nose, with imperturbable gravity.
I wish you were at the - ' commenced my host, setting the candle on a chair, because he found it impossible to hold it steady.
A serious game was commenced between the comte and several rich courtiers.
At the present moment (August, 1853) there is a suit before the court which was commenced nearly twenty years ago, in which from thirty to forty counsel have been known to appear at one time, in which costs have been incurred to the amount of seventy thousand pounds, which is A FRIENDLY SUIT, and which is
This operation commenced on the following night, about three A.
He commenced a systematic search of the cabin; but his attention was soon riveted by the books which seemed to exert a strange and powerful influence over him, so that he could scarce attend to aught else for the lure of the wondrous puzzle which their purpose presented to him.
They landed, and the combat commenced hand to hand.
But in the disposition it is said that, after the fight has commenced in this manner, orders will be given in accordance with the enemy's movements, and so it might be supposed that all necessary arrangements would be made by Napoleon during the battle.
Onward through the dim wood they passed until the shadows of the quick coming Martian night commenced to close down upon them.
At my movement the beast veered off a bit and commenced circling us.
So saying he commenced to scull the canoe's nose before the wind, while I made fast the primitive sheets that held our crude sail.
Then commenced a bombardment which brought forth earthshaking roars from Numa.