HyperDic: commencement

English > 3 senses of the word commencement:
NOUNtimecommencement, beginning, first, outset, get-go, start, kickoff, starting time, showtime, offsetthe time at which something is supposed to begin
eventcommencement, commencement exercise, commencement ceremony, graduation, graduation exercisean academic exercise in which diplomas are conferred
actcommencement, beginning, startthe act of starting something
commencement > pronunciation
Soundskahmeh'nsmahnt
Rhymesabandonment ... wonderment: 671 rhymes with ahnt...
English > commencement: 3 senses > noun 1, time
MeaningThe time at which something is supposed to begin.
Synonymsbeginning, first, outset, get-go, start, kickoff, starting time, showtime, offset
NarrowerbirthThe time when something begins (especially life)
incipiency, incipienceBeginning to exist or to be apparent
terminus a quo, starting pointEarliest limiting point
thresholdThe starting point for a new state or experience
Broaderpoint, point in timeAn instant of time
Oppositeend, endingThe point in time at which something ends
middleTime between the beginning and the end of a temporal period
Spanishcomienzo, inicio, principio, umbral
Catalancomençament, inici, primeria, primer, principi
English > commencement: 3 senses > noun 2, event
MeaningAn academic exercise in which diplomas are conferred.
Synonymscommencement exercise, commencement ceremony, graduation, graduation exercise
PartsbaccalaureateA farewell sermon to a graduating class at their commencement ceremonies
Broaderexercise(usually plural) a ceremony that involves processions and speeches
Spanishacto de graduación, ceremonia de graduación, graduación
Catalancerimònia de graduació, graduació
English > commencement: 3 senses > noun 3, act
MeaningThe act of starting something.
Synonymsbeginning, start
InstancesCreation(theology) God's act of bringing the universe into existence
Narroweractivationmaking active and effective (as a bomb)
attack, tone-beginningA decisive manner of beginning a musical tone or phrase
constitution, establishment, formation, organization, organisationThe act of forming or establishing something
face-off(ice hockey) the method of starting play
first step, initiative, opening move, openingThe first of a series of actions
groundbreaking, groundbreaking ceremonyThe ceremonial breaking of the ground to formally begin a construction project
housing startThe act of starting to construct a house
icebreakerA beginning that relaxes a tense or formal atmosphere
inauguration, startupThe act of starting a new operation or practice
initiation, founding, foundation, institution, origination, creation, innovation, introduction, instaurationThe act of starting something for the first time
installation, installing, installment, instalmentThe act of installing something (as equipment)
introduction, debut, first appearance, launching, unveiling, entryThe act of beginning something new
jump ball(basketball) the way play begins or resumes when possession is disputed
kickoff(football) a kick from the center of the field to start a football game or to resume it after a score
resumption, recommencementBeginning again
scrum, scrummage(rugby) the method of beginning play in which the forwards of each team crouch side by side with locked arms
springboard, jumping-off point, point of departureA beginning from which an enterprise / enterprise is launched
startupThe act of setting in operation
Broaderchange of stateThe act of changing something into something different in essential characteristics / characteristics
Oppositefinish, finishingThe act of finishing
Spanishapertura, comienzo, incoación, iniciación, inicio, principio
Catalancomençament, iniciació, inici, primeria, principi
Verbscommencetake the first ... / first step or steps in carrying out an action
commenceset in motion, cause to start
commenceget off the ground

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