Com*mence" (?), v. i. [imp.
& p. p. Commenced (?); p. pr. & vb.
n. Commencing.] [F. commencer, OF.
comencier, fr. L. com- + initiare to begin.
See Initiate.] 1. To have a beginning
or origin; to originate; to start; to begin.
Here the anthem doth commence.
His heaven commences ere the world be
2. To begin to be, or to act as.
We commence judges ourselves.
3. To take a degree at a
I question whether the formality of
commencing was used in that age.
Com*mence", v. t. To enter
upon; to begin; to perform the first act of.
Many a wooer doth commence his suit.
&fist; It is the practice of good writers to use the verbal
noun (instead of the infinitive with to) after
commence; as, he commenced studying, not he
commenced to study.