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 Australia's Facebook users can begin sharing news within days, the social media behemoth announced, after cutting some kind of agreement with the Australian government. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Bitcoin and Tesla bulls run for cover," 23 Feb. 2021 With the Pirates fully rebuilding, there could be a place for Oliva to begin the season in Pittsburgh. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "MLB's 100 Names You Need To Know For 2021," 22 Feb. 2021 Austin Beutner announced Monday that LAUSD campuses will begin offering child care, one-on-one and small group instruction, services for students with special needs and a return to athletic conditioning for high school athletes. Thuc Nhi Nguyen Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Coronavirus Today: Is it time for some optimism?," 22 Feb. 2021 The town plans to recruit and provide an orientation for new members in time for the board to begin work on July 1, 2021. courant.com, "Community News For The West Hartford Edition," 18 Feb. 2021 Wait for others to begin eating at the table before helping yourself. Mike Masterson, Arkansas Online, "OPINION | MIKE MASTERSON: A tragic number," 15 Feb. 2021 Alvarez, presiding judge of the 45th District Court, was given the task in May of implementing a plan for judges to begin hearing civil cases virtually. Elizabeth Zavala, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio lawyers' early verdict on virtual trials: let's keep them," 15 Feb. 2021 Portland Public Schools’ announcement on its hybrid instruction options came hours after Gov. Kate Brown opened the door for contact sports to begin competitive play this week. oregonlive, "Portland Public Schools will survey elementary families on in-person options starting Friday," 11 Feb. 2021 That move will set the stage for the trial to begin the week of Feb. 8 under a deal struck between both parties, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said on Friday. NBC News, "Biden to reinstate Covid-19 travel bans, impeachment article heads to Senate and Super Bowl set," 25 Jan. 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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26 Feb 2021

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“Begin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/begin. Accessed 4 Mar. 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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