commence c.1300, from O.Fr. comencier "to begin, start" (10c., Mod.Fr. commencer), from V.L. *cominitiare, originally "to initiate as priest, consecrate," from L. com- "together" (see COM- (Cf. com-)) + initiare "to initiate," from initium (see INITIAL (Cf. initial)). Spelling with double -m- began in French and was established in English by 1500. Related: Commenced; commencing.

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