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Meaning of commencement by Wiktionary Dictionary

commencement


    Etymology

    French commencement .

    Noun

    commencement ( plural: commencements )

    1. The first existence of anything; act or fact of commencing; rise; origin; beginning; start .
      The time of Henry VII ... nearly coincides with the commencement of what is termed modern history. -allam .
      1800, William Took, View of the Russian empire during the reign of Catharine the Second
      Yet from the commencement of mining there have been unnoble proprietors of mines, who belonged to the class of merchants .
    2. The day when degrees are conferred by colleges and universities upon students and others .
    3. A graduation ceremony, from a school, college or university .

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    • commencement in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913


Explanation of commencement by Wordnet Dictionary

commencement


    Noun
    1. the act of starting something

    2. an academic exercise in which diplomas are conferred

    3. the time at which something is supposed to begin



    Definition of commencement by GCIDE Dictionary

    commencement


    1. Commencement n. [F. commencement.]
      1. The first existence of anything; act or fact of commencing; rise; origin; beginning; start.

      The time of Henry VII. . . . nearly coincides with the commencement of what is termed “modern history.” Hallam.

      2. The day when degrees are conferred by colleges and universities upon students and others.