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  ( commences    3rd person present)   ( commencing    present participle)   ( commenced    past tense & past participle  ) When something commences or you commence it, it begins.  
FORMAL      verb   (=begin)  
The academic year commences at the beginning of October...      V  
They commenced a systematic search...      V n/-ing  
The hunter knelt beside the animal carcass and commenced to skin it.      V to-inf  
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begin, embark on, enter upon, get the show on the road     (informal)   inaugurate, initiate, open, originate, start  
   bring or come to an end, cease, complete, conclude, desist, end, finish, halt, stop, terminate, wind up  

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