commence with

commence with (someone or something)

To start something with a particular person or action. The presentations will commence with you, Michael, so go on up to the podium. Once the band is ready, we'll commence with the dancing!
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commence with someone or something

to start a procedure affecting a number of people or things by choosing a particular person or thing first. Each meeting commences with a reading of the minutes of the last meeting. The doctor interviews with Lynn and took everyone else in the order in which they had arrived.
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Further, although there is not presently a sufficient level of implementation certainty to start construction, Canadian Natural is hopeful that such long-term certainty will be achieved with the Federal Government and therefore plans to commence with the EDS phase of engineering.
The longer-term Freedom Funds will commence with higher percentages of their portfolios invested in equity funds.
For example, Fidelity Freedom 2030 Fund will commence with about 85 percent of its portfolio invested in equity funds and about 15 percent invested in fixed-income funds.
Drilling will commence with several holes targeting the extension of the "C anomaly" where mineralized olivine gabbro between 45 and 60 metres wide will be followed south under Long Pond.