comenzar

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Asturian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Vulgar Latin *cominitiāre.

Verb[edit]

comenzar (first-person singular indicative present comienzo, past participle comenzáu)

  1. to begin, start
    Synonyms: entamar, apenzar, empecipiar, emprimar, aniciar, empezar

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Galician[edit]

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comenzar

  1. Alternative form of comezar

Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Inherited from Old Spanish començar, from Vulgar Latin *cominitiāre, from com- + Latin initiāre. Did not show diphthongized conjugations in early medieval texts; their later appearance seems to reflect analogy with the synonym empezar.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): (Spain) /komenˈθaɾ/ [ko.mẽn̟ˈθaɾ]
  • IPA(key): (Latin America) /komenˈsaɾ/ [ko.mẽnˈsaɾ]
  • Rhymes: -aɾ
  • Syllabification: co‧men‧zar

Verb[edit]

comenzar (first-person singular present comienzo, first-person singular preterite comencé, past participle comenzado)

  1. to begin, to commence
    Synonym: empezar
    Yo me senté sobre un banco en el jardín, y comencé a leer un libro interesante.
    I sat on a bench in the garden, and I started to read an interesting book.
    Usted puede comenzar.
    You may commence.

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Descendants[edit]

  • Papiamentu: kuminsá

References[edit]

  1. ^ Joan Coromines; José A. Pascual (1984), “comenzar”, in Diccionario crítico etimológico castellano e hispánico (in Spanish), volume II (Ce–F), Madrid: Gredos, →ISBN, page 157

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