Begin - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |bɪˈɡɪn|  American pronunciation of the word begin
Brit.  |bɪˈɡɪn|  British pronunciation of the word begin
irregular verb:  p.t. — began  p.p. — begun


- 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)


- take the first step or steps in carrying out an action (syn: commence, get, get down, set about, set out, start, start out)
- have a beginning, in a temporal, spatial, or evaluative sense (syn: start)
The DMZ begins right over the hill
The second movement begins after the Allegro
- set in motion, cause to start (syn: commence, lead off, start)
begin a new chapter in your life
- begin to speak or say
- 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 ceremony officially begins the semester
- have a beginning, of a temporal event
The company's Asia tour begins next month
- have a beginning characterized in some specified way (syn: start)
The novel begins with a murder
My property begins with the three maple trees
Her day begins with a workout
The semester begins with a convocation ceremony
- begin an event that is implied and limited by the nature or inherent function of the direct object (syn: start)
begin a cigar
- 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
- begin to speak, understand, read, and write a language

Extra examples

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.

To begin with, I did not see him.

Many important businessmen begin as factory workers.

Mike and his drinking companions began on their third bottle.

The day began with bad news, and looks like getting worse.

As everybody's here, let's begin.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: begin
he/she/it: begins
present participle: beginning
past tense: began
past participle: begun
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