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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Commence \Com*mence"\ (k[o^]m*m[e^]ns"), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Commenced (k[o^]m*m[e^]nst"); 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. [1913 Webster] Here the anthem doth commence. --Shak. [1913 Webster] His heaven commences ere the world be past. --Goldsmith. [1913 Webster] 2. To begin to be, or to act as. [Archaic] [1913 Webster] We commence judges ourselves. --Coleridge. [1913 Webster] 3. To take a degree at a university. [Eng.] [1913 Webster] I question whether the formality of commencing was used in that age. --Fuller. [1913 Webster]