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Definitions of commencement

  1. the time at which something begins; "They got an early start" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. an academic exercise in which diplomas are conferred Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. The first existence of anything; act or fact of commencing; rise; origin; beginning; start. Newage Dictionary DB
  4. The day when degrees are conferred by colleges and universities upon students and others. Newage Dictionary DB
  5. The beginning: the thing begun. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  6. Beginning; time when students receive degrees. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  7. A beginning; origin. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  8. A celebration at the close of a college course, when degrees are conferred; also, the day so observed. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  9. Beginning; rise; origin; first existence; a day on which academic degrees are publicly conferred; also the day when a student is made a bachelor at Cambridge. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.

Usage examples for commencement

  1. They hated this work of cutting hills from the commencement to the end,- hated it, though it was to bring them wages and save them and theirs from actual famine and death. – Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope
  2. As soon as the first arrangements for the commencement of this hospital had been made, de Lescure and Henri went to Clisson. – La Vendée An Historical Romance by Anthony Trollope
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