commence

Commence is a fancy way of saying "begin." Your invitation to a formal wedding might note, "The ceremony will commence at noon."

If a congressman wants to start a meeting to vote on an important bill, he might say, "This meeting will begin immediately." Or, he could make the same statement in a more formal way by saying, "This meeting will commence immediately." Interestingly enough, while the word commence means to start, a commencement ceremony marks the end of a college career.

Definitions of commence
  1. verb
    set in motion, cause to start
    synonyms: begin, lead off, start
    begin
    have a beginning, of a temporal event
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    end, terminate
    bring to an end or halt
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    jump-start, jumpstart
    start or re-start vigorously
    recommence
    cause to start anew
    inaugurate, introduce, usher in
    be a precursor of
    set off
    set in motion or cause to begin
    embark on, start, start up
    get off the ground
    inaugurate, kick off
    commence officially
    open
    begin or set in action, of meetings, speeches, recitals, etc.
  2. verb
    take the first step or steps in carrying out an action
    synonyms: begin, get, get down, set about, set out, start, start out
    begin
    begin to speak, understand, read, and write a language
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    end, terminate
    bring to an end or halt
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    recommence
    begin again
    strike out
    set out on a course of action
    fall
    begin vigorously
    jump off
    set off quickly, usually with success
    get to
    arrive at the point of
    auspicate
    commence in a manner calculated to bring good luck
    attack
    set to work upon; turn one's energies vigorously to a task
    break in
    start in a certain activity, enterprise, or role
    launch, plunge
    begin with vigor
    come on
    occur or become available
    embark, enter
    set out on (an enterprise or subject of study)
    bestir oneself, get cracking, get going, get moving, get rolling, get started, get weaving
    start to be active
    take up
    pursue or resume
  3. verb
    get off the ground
    synonyms: embark on, start, start up
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    inaugurate, kick off
    commence officially
    open
    begin or set in action, of meetings, speeches, recitals, etc.
    swear in
    administer on oath to
    dedicate
    open to public use, as of a highway, park, or building
    inaugurate
    open ceremoniously or dedicate formally
    call to order
    open formally
    type of:
    begin, lead off, start
    set in motion, cause to start
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