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Definitions of begin

  1. be the first item or point, constitute the beginning or start, come first in a series; " The number" one" begins the sequence"; " A terrible murder begin the novel"; " The convocation ceremoney officially begins the semester"
  2. Israeli statesman ( born in Russia) who ( as Prime Minister of Israel) negotiated a peace treaty with Anwar el- Sadat of Egypt ( 1913- 1992)
  3. set in motion, cause to start; " The U. S. started a war in the Middle East"; " The Iraqis began hostilities"; " begin a new chapter in your life"
  4. begin to speak or say; " Now listen, friends," he began
  5. begin to speak, understand, read, and write a language; " She began Russian at an early age"; " We started French in fourth grade"
  6. achieve or accomplish in the least degree, usually used in the negative; " This economic measure doesn't even begin to deal with the problem of inflation"; " You cannot even begin to understand the problem we had to deal with during the war"
  7. begin an event that is implied and limited by the nature or inherent function of the direct object; " begin a cigar"; " She started the soup while it was still hot"; " We started physics in 10th grade"
  8. have a beginning, in a temporal, spatial, or evaluative sense; " The DMZ begins right over the hill"; " The second movement begins after the Allegro"; " Prices for these homes start at $ 250, 000"
  9. have a beginning characterized in some specified way; " The novel begins with a murder"; " My property begins with the three maple trees"; " Her day begins with a work- out"; " The semester begins with a convocation ceremony"
  10. Israeli statesman ( born in Russia) who ( as prime minister of Israel) negotiated a peace treaty with Anwar Sadat ( then the president of Egypt) ( 1913- 1992)
  11. take the first step or steps in carrying out an action; " We began working at dawn"; " Who will start?"; " Get working as soon as the sun rises!"; " The first tourists began to arrive in Cambodia"; " He began early in the day"; " Let's get down to work now"
  12. have a beginning, of a temporal event; " WWII began in 1939 when Hitler marched into Poland"; " The company's Asia tour begins next month"
  13. be the first item or point, constitute the beginning or start, come first in a series; " The number 'one' begins the sequence"; " A terrible murder begins the novel"; " The convocation ceremoney officially begins the semester"
  14. To have or commence an independent or first existence; to take rise; to commence.
  15. To do the first act or the first part of an action; to enter upon or commence something new, as a new form or state of being, or course of action; to take the first step; to start.
  16. To enter on; to commence.
  17. To trace or lay the foundation of; to make or place a beginning of.
  18. Beginning.
  19. To come into existence; to arise; to take the first step or do the first act; to start.
  20. To cause to be; to commence.
  21. Beginner.
  22. Began.
  23. Begun.
  24. To take rise: to enter on something new: to commence.
  25. To enter on: to commence:- pr. p. beginning; pa. t. began'; pa. p. begun'.
  26. To come into being; originate; enter upon something new.
  27. To enter upon; commence.
  28. To take the first step in; give origin to; start; commence.
  29. To take the first step; start.
  30. To come into existence; originate.
  31. To do the first act of; to enter on; to commence; to trace from anything, as the first ground.
  32. To have an original or first existence; to take rise; to commence.
  33. To commence; to enter upon something new; to take the first step.
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Usage examples for begin

  1. A new life was about to begin and he was glad of that. – The Untilled Field by George Moore
  2. It is all over- you can begin now! – In the Border Country by Josephine Daskam Bacon
  3. And I feel sure that I do not begin to know all that this means. – The Major by Ralph Connor
  4. Well, it's this way- and I'll begin at the beginning. – The Orange-Yellow Diamond by J. S. Fletcher
  5. But as soon as I've got a franc or two to begin with again, I'll stop these extry hours. – The Front Yard by Constance Fenimore Woolson
  6. Now we are ready to begin – Lifted Masks Stories by Susan Glaspell
  7. I'll begin at the left. – San-Cravate; or, The Messengers; Little Streams by Charles Paul de Kock
  8. Can we begin now? – Marjorie Dean High School Freshman by Pauline Lester
  9. Begin your part in the work of your own salvation. – Men in the Making by Ambrose Shepherd
  10. I'll begin to- morrow morning. – Get-Rich-Quick Wallingford by George Randolph Chester
  11. " I begin to think so myself," replied Philip. – The Young Musician or, Fighting His Way by Horatio Alger
  12. I wish they would begin to come up. – Uncle Robert's Geography (Uncle Robert's Visit, V.3) by Francis W. Parker and Nellie Lathrop Helm
  13. " To- morrow I must begin to try to find your master. – Jewel's Story Book by Clara Louise Burnham
  14. When will you begin to understand? – The Way of Ambition by Robert Hichens
  15. Since when did you begin to feel this? – The Complete PG Edition of The Works of Winston Churchill by Winston Churchill
  16. Then it would begin again. – Jeremy by Hugh Walpole
  17. " I wish you had told me, to begin with," Sophia could not help saying, " then I should have known what to do." – The Old Wives' Tale by Arnold Bennett
  18. Begin the day with a bit of time alone, a good- morning talk with Him. – Quiet Talks on Power by S.D. Gordon
  19. But when did it begin – The Whirlpool by George Gissing
  20. Let us begin to love one another over again. – A Mummer's Tale by Anatole France
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