begin

verb
be·​gin | \ bi-ˈgin How to pronounce begin (audio) , bē- \
began\ bi-​ˈgan How to pronounce begin (audio) , bē-​ \; begun\ bi-​ˈgən How to pronounce begin (audio) , bē-​ \; beginning

Definition of begin

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intransitive verb

1 : to do the first part of an action : go into the first part of a process : start began by introducing herself will have to begin again
2a : to come into existence : arise Their problems were just beginning.
b : to have a starting point Her career began in Chicago. Prices begin at $110 per night.
3 : to do or succeed in the least degree I can't begin to tell you how pleased I am.

transitive verb

1 : to set about the activity of : start The lecture begins at 10:00. have all ready begun construction
2a : to bring into being : found credited with beginning the movement In 1819, he married the daughter of a … chief and began a dynasty that would last for nearly 200 years.— Robert F. Oaks
b : originate, invent began their tradition
to begin with
: as the first thing to be considered

Begin

biographical name
Be·​gin | \ ˈbā-gin How to pronounce Begin (audio) \

Definition of Begin (Entry 2 of 2)

Me*na*chem \ mə-​ˈnä-​ḵəm How to pronounce Begin (audio) \ 1913–1992 prime minister of Israel (1977–83)

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Verb

begin, commence, start, initiate, inaugurate, usher in mean to take the first step in a course, process, or operation. begin, start, and commence are often interchangeable. begin, opposed to end, is the most general. begin a trip began dancing start, opposed to stop, applies especially to first actions, steps, or stages. the work started slowly commence can be more formal or bookish than begin or start. commence firing commenced a conversation initiate implies taking a first step in a process or series that is to continue. initiated diplomatic contacts inaugurate suggests a beginning of some formality or notion of significance. the discovery of penicillin inaugurated a new era in medicine usher in is somewhat less weighty than inaugurate. ushered in a period of economic decline

Examples of begin in a Sentence

Verb They will begin construction on the new school soon. I got the job and I begin work on Monday! She'll begin the lecture at 10. He plans to begin the project later this week. They both began their careers at the local newspaper. The university began accepting applications in November. I had just begun eating when the phone rang. She interrupted as soon as I began to speak. Now that I've begun, I'll go on till I finish. I began the quilt last month.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Falls Memorial Fest will begin with a veterans memorial tribute beginning at 10 a.m. at the park. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "After being canceled last summer, Menomonee Falls Memorial Fest and Sussex Lions Daze have a full lineup of activities this summer," 31 Mar. 2021 The 2021 regular season will begin on Thursday, Sept. 9 and will end on Jan. 9, 2022. Bob Mcmanaman, The Arizona Republic, "NFL expands regular season to 17 games; Cardinals will play extra game on road at Browns," 31 Mar. 2021 Shuttle service will begin on April 17 and continue through May 9, before resuming on May 16 and concluding on June 13, according to a statement from MBTA spokeswoman Lisa Battison. BostonGlobe.com, "Shuttle buses to replace section of Green Line B branch service for seven weeks starting April 17," 31 Mar. 2021 Jámes Vasquez will begin their residencies on Thursday. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Old Globe launches new two-year residency program for theater artists of color," 31 Mar. 2021 Mass production of the vaccine could begin in April, according to Savenkov. Washington Post, "Russia unveils world’s first coronavirus vaccine for dogs, cats and other animals," 31 Mar. 2021 But recreational use growing can't begin until 18 months after the first legal sales at dispensaries or consumption sites. David Robinson, USA TODAY, "New York state lawmakers vote to legalize recreational marijuana; $350 million in annual tax revenue expected," 31 Mar. 2021 Lawmakers can begin making their earmark requests starting Thursday with the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, which is working on a roads and transit bill. Kevin Freking, ajc, "Dems aim for July vote as Congress digs in on infrastructure," 31 Mar. 2021 The walking trail would begin on the southwest portion of the property, off Brainard Road, and just north of South Woodland Road, and wind its way in a northeast direction, ending at Old Brainard Road, near Shaker Boulevard. cleveland, "With early voting starting April 6, Park Synagogue asks for residents’ support with rezoning for expansion plan," 31 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of begin

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for begin

Verb

Middle English beginnen, going back to Old English beginnan, from be- be- + -ginnan, going back to Germanic *genn-a-, verbal base of uncertain meaning and origin occurring only with prefixes, found also in Old English onginnan "to be at a starting point, start," Old High German beginnan, Gothic duginnan

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The first known use of begin was before the 12th century

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3 Apr 2021

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“Begin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/begin. Accessed 13 Apr. 2021.

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begin

verb

English Language Learners Definition of begin

: to do the first part of an action : to start doing something
: to start to work on, produce, or give attention to (something)
: to cause (something) to start

begin

verb
be·​gin | \ bi-ˈgin How to pronounce begin (audio) \
began\ -​ˈgan \; begun\ -​ˈgən \; beginning

Kids Definition of begin

1 : to do the first part of an action Please begin writing.
2 : to come into existence Our problems were just beginning.
3 : to start to have a feeling or thought I began to feel sick.
4 : to have a starting point The alphabet begins with the letter A.
5 : to do or succeed in the least degree I can't begin to explain.

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