The verb recommence means "begin again." Play may recommence in a baseball game after a rain delay, for example, or your diet may recommence after the new year.

When you see the re- prefix on this word, you likely know that recommence is going to involve something that is done again. Commence means “begin.” So, when you recommence something, you start it again, like studying all day, taking a break for dinner, then recommencing the studying in the evening.

Definitions of recommence

v cause to start anew

“The enemy recommenced hostilities after a few days of quiet”
Type of:
begin, commence, lead off, start
set in motion, cause to start

v begin again

“we recommenced his reading after a short nap”
Type of:
begin, commence, get, get down, set about, set out, start, start out
take the first step or steps in carrying out an action

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