begin

[[t]bɪgɪ̱n[/t]]
1) VERB To begin to do something means to start doing it.

[V to-inf] He stood up and began to move around the room...

[V to-inf] The weight loss began to look more serious...

[V -ing] Snow began falling again.

Syn:
Ant:
2) V-ERG When something begins or when you begin it, it takes place from a particular time onwards.

The problems began last November...

[V n] He has just begun his fourth year in hiding...

[V n] The US is prepared to begin talks immediately.

Syn:
start, commence
Ant:
3) VERB If you begin with something, or begin by doing something, this is the first thing you do.

[V with n] Could I begin with a few formalities?

[V by -ing] ...a businessman who began by selling golf shirts from the boot of his car...

[V n prep] He began his career as a sound editor.

Syn:
Ant:
4) VERB: no cont You use begin to mention the first thing that someone says.

[V with quote] `Professor Theron,' he began, `I'm very pleased to see you'...

He didn't know how to begin.

Ant:
5) VERB: no cont If one thing began as another, it first existed in the form of the second thing.

[V as n] What began as a local festival has blossomed into an international event.

Syn:
6) VERB: no cont If you say that a thing or place begins somewhere, you are talking about one of its limits or edges.

[V prep/adv] The fate line begins close to the wrist...

[V prep/adv] Rue Guynemer begins at the front of the Fitzgerald site.

Ant:
7) VERB: no cont If a word begins with a particular letter, that is the first letter of that word.

[V with n] The first word begins with an F.

Syn:
Ant:
8) VERB: no cont, with brd-neg (emphasis) If you say that you cannot begin to imagine, understand, or explain something, you are emphasizing that it is almost impossible to explain, understand, or imagine.

[V to-inf] You can't begin to imagine how much that saddens me.

9) PHRASE: PHR with cl You use the phrase to begin with when you are talking about the first stage of a situation, event, or process.

It was great to begin with but now it's difficult.

Syn:
at first
10) PHRASE: PHR with cl You use the phrase to begin with to introduce the first of several things that you want to say.

`What do scientists you've spoken with think about that?' - `Well, to begin with, they doubt it's going to work.'

Syn:
11) charity begins at homesee charity
begin lifesee life

English dictionary. 2008.

Synonyms:

Look at other dictionaries:

  • BEGIN (M.) — BEGIN MENAHEM (1913 1992) Sixième Premier ministre de l’État d’Israël, Menahem Begin est né à Brest Litovsk le 16 août 1913. La ville que les juifs appelaient Brisk, aujourd’hui biélorusse, était alors polonaise. Durant toute sa vie, Begin est… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Begin — may refer to:in people: *Benny Begin (born 1943), Israeli politician *Floyd Lawrence Begin (1902 1977), American Roman Catholic bishop *Johanne Bégin (born 1971), Canadian water polo player *Joseph Damase Bégin (1900 1977), Canadian politician… …   Wikipedia

  • Bégin — Localisation de Bégin dans la MRC Le Fjord du Saguenay Administration Pays …   Wikipédia en Français

  • begin — begin, commence, start, initiate, inaugurate are comparable when they mean to set something going or in progress or to take the first step in a course, process, or operation. Begin, commence, and start are also used intransitively with the… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • begin — (v.) O.E. beginnan to begin, attempt, undertake, a rare word beside the more usual form onginnan (class III strong verb; past tense ongann, pp. ongunnen); from bi (see BE (Cf. be )) + W.Gmc. *ginnan, of obscure meaning and found only in compounds …   Etymology dictionary

  • begin — [bē gin′, bigin′] vi. began, begun, beginning [ME biginnen < OE beginnan; akin to Ger beginnen, Goth duginnan] 1. to start doing, acting, going, etc.; get under way 2. to come into being; arise 3. to have a first part or element [the Bible… …   English World dictionary

  • Begin — bezeichnet: Menachem Begin israelischer Politiker Begin (Band), eine japanische Rockband Bégin, einen Familiennamen Diese Seite ist eine Begriffsklärung zur Unterscheidung mehrerer mit demselben …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Bégin — ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Louis Nazaire Bégin (1840–1925), Erzbischof von Québec René Bégin (* 1912), kanadischer Politiker (Liberal Party) Steve Bégin (* 1977), kanadischer Eishockeyspieler Diese Seite ist …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Begin — Be*gin , v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Began}, {Begun}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Beginning}.] [AS. beginnan (akin to OS. biginnan, D. & G. beginnen, OHG. biginnan, Goth., du ginnan, Sw. begynna, Dan. begynde); pref. be + an assumed ginnan. [root]31. See {Gin} to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • begin — ► VERB (beginning; past began; past part. begun) 1) perform or undergo the first part of (an action or activity). 2) come into being. 3) have as its starting point. 4) (begin on/upon) set to work on. 5 …   English terms dictionary

  • Begin — Be*gin , v. t. 1. To enter on; to commence. [1913 Webster] Ye nymphs of Solyma ! begin the song. Pope. [1913 Webster] 2. To trace or lay the foundation of; to make or place a beginning of. [1913 Webster] The apostle begins our knowledge in the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.