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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR COMMENCING

Add the gelatine, which by this time should be commencing to solidify.

I was just commencing a picture which interested me very much.

In the Coupeau household the vitriol of l'Assommoir was also commencing its ravages.

I trust that you will not put me to the pain of commencing now.

“Just now,” he answered, rising and commencing again the nervous pacing.

But she sorted them out, commencing from the first one to answer them.

The service was just commencing when she reached the church.

Captain Bartlett has been here longer than any of us, and he is commencing to get nervous.

It was just as divine service was commencing yesterday evening.

Well, I had said the first two Masses, commencing at seven o'clock.

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.

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