Synonyms and Antonyms of begin

  1. 1 to take the first step in (a process or course of action) she began walking to work for exercise Synonyms of begin commence, embark (on or upon), enter (into or upon), fall (to), get off, kick off, launch, lead off, open, start, strike (into) Words Related to begin create, generate, inaugurate, initiate, innovate, invent, originate; adopt, embrace, take on, take up; establish, father, found, institute, organize, pioneer, set up, spawn; get around (to), get down (to), get round (to) Phrases get going, get to, set about Near Antonyms of begin cease, desist, discontinue, halt, knock off, lay off, quit, stop; close, complete; abandon, forsake, leave; abolish, demolish, destroy, exterminate, extinguish, phase out Antonyms of begin conclude, end, finish, terminate

  2. 2 to come into existence the storm began late in the day and lasted all night Synonyms of begin actualize, appear, arise, break, commence, dawn, engender, form, materialize, originate, set in, spring, start Words Related to begin be, breathe, exist, live, subsist; arrive, come on, emerge; coalesce, cohere, shape (up); continue, endure, last, persist, survive Near Antonyms of begin conclude, desist, discontinue, finish, halt, quit, terminate; disappear, dissolve, evaporate, vanish; depart, die, expire, pass away, perish Antonyms of begin cease, end, stop

  3. 3 to be responsible for the creation and early operation or use of the religious sect was begun by a small breakaway faction Synonyms of begin found, constitute, establish, inaugurate, initiate, innovate, institute, introduce, launch, pioneer, plant, set up, startWords Related to begin author, father, originate; conceive, concoct, contrive, cook (up), create, devise, fabricate, invent, make up, manufacture, produce, think (up); construct, put up; develop, enlarge, expand; endow, finance, fund, subsidize; arrange, organize, systematize, systemize; refound, reinitiate, reinstitute, relaunchNear Antonyms of begin abolish, annihilate, annul, nullify; end, finish, halt, stop, terminate; round (off or out), wind up, wrap upAntonyms of begin close (down), phase out, shut (up)

Synonym Discussion of begin

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

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