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to begin with

Definition of to begin with

  1. 1 :  as the first thing to be thought about or considered <“I don't think we should buy the car.” “Why not?” “To begin with, I'm not sure we can afford it.”>

  2. 2 :  at the start :  before the current time or situation <She has lost a lot of weight, and she wasn't very heavy to begin with.> <She didn't like her job to begin with, but she got used to it eventually.>



Word by Word Definitions

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  1. :  to do the first part of an action :  go into the first part of a process :  start

    :  to come into existence :  arise

    :  to have a starting point


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