(Com*mem"o*ra*to*ry) a. Serving to commemorate; commemorative. Bp. Hooper.

(Com*mence") v. i. [imp. & p. p. Commenced ; p. pr. & vb. n. Commencing.] [F. commencer, OF. comencier, fr. L. com- + initiare to begin. See Initiate.]

1. To have a beginning or origin; to originate; to start; to begin.

Here the anthem doth commence.

His heaven commences ere the world be past.

2. To begin to be, or to act as. [Archaic]

We commence judges ourselves.

3. To take a degree at a university. [Eng.]

I question whether the formality of commencing was used in that age.

(Com*mence"), v. t. To enter upon; to begin; to perform the first act of.

Many a wooer doth commence his suit.

It is the practice of good writers to use the verbal noun (instead of the infinitive with to) after commence; as, he commenced studying, not he commenced to study.

(Com*mence"ment) 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."

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

(Com*mend") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Commended; p. pr. & vb. n. Commending.] [L. commendare; com- + mandare to intrust to one's charge, enjoin, command. Cf. Command, Mandate.]

1. To commit, intrust, or give in charge for care or preservation.

His eye commends the leading to his hand.

Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit.
Luke xxiii. 46.

2. To recommend as worthy of confidence or regard; to present as worthy of notice or favorable attention.

Among the objects of knowledge, two especially commend themselves to our contemplation.
Sir M. Hale.

I commend unto you Phebe our sister.
Rom. xvi. 1.

3. To mention with approbation; to praise; as, to commend a person or an act.

Historians commend Alexander for weeping when he read the actions of Achilles.

4. To mention by way of courtesy, implying remembrance and good will. [Archaic]

Commend me to my brother.

(Com*mend"), n.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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