Definition of begin
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.
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. Oaksb : originate, invent began their tradition
to begin with
: as the first thing to be considered
Examples of begin in a Sentence
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.
Recent Examples of begin from the Web
Freeman's trial is scheduled to begin next month in federal court in Tucson.
Any decision on future extensions or termination, DHS said, would come at a future date, but the nearly 60,000 Haitians enrolled in the program were warned to begin making preparations to return to Haiti.
According to the sheriff’s office, the incident at the Wal-Mart began shortly before 10 p.m. when the deputy recognized Sneed as being wanted on arrest warrants.
For Auburn (35-24), that chapter begins Monday with the NCAA selection show at 11 a.m. as the Tigers await their postseason fate from the tournament's selection committee.
Barclays suspended Jack Murray in October 2013, shortly after regulators began probing banks suspected of manipulating the global-currencies market.
Last summer, the EPA began digging up yards and replacing soil in the 9-block neighborhood bordering the site.
When the couple began filming YouTube lifestyle videos, like a highlight reel of their summer, which received more than 22 million views, the project forced Alexis to be on camera constantly and face her appearance.
Netflix will begin offering mobile HDR content later this year, so the G6 display features will prove especially convenient.
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Origin and Etymology of begin
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
First Known Use: before 12th century
Synonym Discussion of begin
BEGIN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of begin for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of begin for Students
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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