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commenced

[ kuh-mens ]SEE DEFINITION OF commenced

Synonyms for commenced

  • begin
  • inaugurate
  • initiate
  • launch
  • take up
  • arise
  • open
  • originate
  • come into being
  • come into existence
  • embark on
  • enter upon
  • get cracking
  • get going
  • get one's feet wet
  • get show on road
  • hit the ground running
  • jump into
  • kick off
  • lead off
  • start the ball rolling
  • tear into
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Antonyms for commenced

  • close
  • complete
  • conclude
  • end
  • finish
  • stop
  • cease
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR COMMENCED

The storm which commenced so suddenly was one of great violence.

As soon as we unloaded, it commenced to rain, and kept on steadily till midnight.

On the 12th July, General Sumter commenced his brilliant career.

Just then the curtain rose again, and the play of the "Serious Family," commenced.

The first evening reading had been commenced with nuts and apples.

They commenced their journey before daylight the following morning.

We scrambled out of the stream and commenced ascending the mountain after them.

When near, they commenced firing muskets at us, to drive us below.

He ended the anthem, as he had commenced it, in the midst of a grave and solemn stillness.

Then a gal cum out on hoss back and commenced ridin' around.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, from Old French comencier "to begin, start" (10c., Modern French commencer), from Vulgar Latin *cominitiare, originally "to initiate as priest, consecrate," from Latin com- "together" (see com-) + initiare "to initiate," from initium (see initial (adj.)). Spelling with double -m- began in French and was established in English by 1500. Related: Commenced; commencing.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR COMMENCED

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adjectiveexisting; at this time
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