Commence and Start


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Commence verb – To take the first step in (a process or course of action).
Usage example: commence the festivities

Start is a synonym for commence in begin topic. In some cases you can use "Start" instead a verb "Commence", when it comes to topics like action, get, embark on. popular alternative
Nearby Words: commencement, commencing
Synonyms for Commence


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Start verb – To come into existence.
Usage example: the fight started when one child tripped the other

Commence is a synonym for start in begin topic. You can use "Commence" instead a verb "Start", if it concerns topics such as action, get. formal substitute
Nearby Words: started, startled, starting, starter, startup
Synonyms for Start

Common collocations

attack commence attack start attack
end commence end start end
journey commence journey start journey
fight commence fight start fight
Other nouns: battle, conversation, invasion.

Both words in one sentence

  • Franchise / Ratchet & Clank In a World: Satirized at the start of the movie trailer:Narrator: In a world...Chairman Drek: Commence deplanetisation!
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