commence-v; 1 Senses

Sense Number 1: (cause to) start

Commentary: Syntax Is: NP1 COMMENCE (NP2)

They commenced as early as possible.
They commenced their work at dawn.
The U.S. commenced a war in the Middle East.
The afternoon session commences at 4 p.m.

VerbNet: begin-55.1-1
FrameNet: Process_start
PropBank: commence.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 2, 3