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Commence, to begin: 1) intr. Phoen. 21. Tim. IV, 3, 268. Mcb. I, 3, 133.
2) trans. Ado II, 3, 52. H4A I, 1, 4. H4B Ind. H4A I, 1, 4 IV, 2, 118. H6A IV, 7, 7. H6B III, 2, 118. Per. II, 5, 53. “and learning a mere hold of gold kept by a devil, till sack --s it and sets it in act and use,” H4B IV, 3, 125 (Tyrwhitt: 'an allusion to the Cambridge Commencement and the Oxford Act: for by those different names our two universities have long distinguished the season at which each of them gives to her respective students a complete authority to use those hoards of learning which have entitled them to their several degrees in arts, law, physic, and divinity').
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