commanding, adj.1. imposing, impressive, majestic, august, noble, awesome; masterful, compelling, forceful, authoritative, self-assured, self-confident, positive; authoritarian, assertive, demanding, dictatorial, Inf.bossy, imperious, autocratic; domineering, overbearing, pushing, Inf.pushy, presumptuous, peremptory.
2. in command, chief, head, leading; directing, directorial, supervising, supervisory, superintending, overseeing; ruling, controlling, governing, administering, administrative, managing, managerial.
3. dominating, overlooking; wide, expansive, extensive, far-reaching.
commemorate, v. 1. memorialize, celebrate, cere-monialize, solemnize, ritualize; observe, honor, mark, signalize; dedicate, sanctify, make sacred, consecrate, hallow; reverence, venerate, revere, pay tribute, pay homage; immortalize, preserve, keep, fix in memory.
2. recall, bring to mind, conjure up; remind one of, carry one's thoughts back to, serve as a memento of.
3. eulogize, panegyrize, extol, laud, Archaic, magnify, emblazon; glorify, bless, exalt, elevate, ennoble; praise, sound orsing the praises of, salute, cry up, Inf crack up; compliment, flatter, acknowledge the merits of, lionize, aggrandize; commend, applaud, acclaim, cheer, congratulate; bestow honor upon, make honorable mention of, confer dignity upon, Archaic. distinguish.
commemoration, n.1. celebration, ceremony, ceremonial, commemorative, ritual, rite; dedication, sanctification, consecration; observance, keeping, honoring, hallowing.
2. eulogy, panegyric, eulogium, encomium, citation; testimonial, tribute, homage, honorable mention; public notice, recognition, acknowledgment; glorification, exaltation, elevation, ennoblement; praise, laudation, kudos, flattery, aggrandizement; commendation, applause, acclaim, acclamation; congratulation, toast.
3. memorial, commemorative service, wake, funeral; remembrance, recalling, reminiscence; memorializa-tion, solemnization, ritualization.
4. holiday, feast day, holy day, saint's day; jubilee, anniversary, birthday; festivity, festival, fete, fiesta, carnival; revelry, merrymaking, rejoicing, carousal.
5. memento, souvenir, reminder; commemorative slab, gravestone, tombstone, marker, headstone.
commemorative, adj.1. memorial, celebrative, celebratory, celebrating, observing, honoring, marking, signalizing; recognizing, acknowledging; in honor of, in memory of, in commemoration of; kept in remembrance, perpetuating, preserving; reminiscent, reminding, recalling to mind.
-n. 2. commemoration, ceremony, ceremonial, ritual, rite. See - commemoration, (def.1).
commence, v. 1. begin, start, go ahead, Inf.fire away, Inf.blast away; embark, set sail, get going, get a move on, Inf.take off, Inf.blast off, start off, start out, be off, move out, get the ball rolling, get [s.t.] off the ground, hit the trail, hit the road, get the show on the road; take up, turn one's hand to, venture on, turn to, set to orabout, take steps; start in, plunge in, Inf dive in, Inf.get one's feet wet, Inf.get down to, Inf. buckle down, Inf.get to, SI. get on the stick.
2. initiate, actuate, instigate, set in motion, start the ball rolling; take the first step, take the initiative, take the plunge, make a start, make a beginning, break the ice; open, pioneer, lead off; institute, inaugurate, handsel; found, establish, set up, organize, originate, break ground, lay the foundation, lay the first stone; introduce, launch, broach, usher, Si.
1. start, beginning, opening, dawn, genesis, advent; conception, origination, birth; rise, arising, emergence, incipience, nascence, infancy; Inf.
blast-off; starting point, threshold, square one; base, rudiments; first step, first stage, first move; debut, Inf
coming out, unveiling; prelude, preface, introduction, preamble, proem, overture; fountain, fountainhead, spring, mainspring; top, head.