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Definition of Commence


  1. To have a beginning or origin; to originate; to start; to begin.
  2. To begin to be, or to act as.
  3. To take a degree at a university.
  4. To enter upon; to begin; to perform the first act of.

Commence Quotations

Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.
Albert Einstein

When you disarm the people, you commence to offend them and show that you distrust them either through cowardice or lack of confidence, and both of these opinions generate hatred.
Niccolo Machiavelli

Although nature commences with reason and ends in experience it is necessary for us to do the opposite, that is to commence with experience and from this to proceed to investigate the reason.
Leonardo da Vinci

A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint. What I began by reading, I must finish by acting.
Henry David Thoreau

Rwanda, which is one of the younger independent states in Africa, must be regarded as a model of how great human trauma can be transformed to commence true reconstruction of people. Human trauma can lead to stunted growth and mass withdrawal.
Wole Soyinka
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Commence Translations

commence in Afrikaans is begin, instel
commence in Danish is begynde
commence in Dutch is aanbinden, beginnen, aanvangen
commence in Finnish is aloittaa
commence in German is starten, beginnen
commence in Latin is incipio, ineo
commence in Norwegian is begynne
commence in Spanish is principiar, comenzar, empezar, ponerse
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