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  1. be·gin
    IPA[biˈɡin]
  2. verb

    • 1. start; perform or undergo the first part of (an action or activity):

      it was beginning to snow she began by rewriting the syllabus theorists have just begun to address these complex questions she began a double life
      Synonym : start, set about, go about, embark on, launch into, get down to, take up, turn one's hand to, undertake, tackle, initiate, set in motion, institute, inaugurate, get ahead with, get cracking on, get going on, commence
    • 2. come into being or have its starting point at a certain time or place:

      the ground campaign had begun the story begins with the death of her senile father the tour begins at the active Poas Volcano
      Synonym : appear, arise, become apparent, make an appearance, spring up, crop up, turn up, surface, emerge, come into existence, come into being, originate, start, develop, unfold, set in, become established, happen, occur, commence, come to pass
    • 3. (of a person) hold a specific position or role before holding any other:

      he began as a drummer
    • 4. (of a thing) originate:

      Watts Lake began as a marine inlet
    • 5. have as a first element:

      words beginning with a vowel
    • 6. set to work at:

      Picasso began on a great canvas
    • 7. start speaking by saying:

      “I've got to go to the hotel,” she began
      Synonym : open, lead off, get under way, get going, get off the ground, start, start off, go ahead, start the ball rolling, kick off, get the show on the road, get to it, fire away, take the plunge, commence
    • 8. (of an article) cost at least (a specified amount):

      rooms begin at $139
    • 9. not have any chance or likelihood of doing a specified thing:

      circuitry that Karen could not begin to comprehend
  3. Variation

    • v.: verb: begin, 3rd person present: begins, gerund or present participle: beginning, past tense: began, past participle: begun

    • verb

      perform or undergo the first part of (an action or activity):

      come into being or have its starting point at a certain time or place:

    • noun

      the point in time or space at which something starts:

      the first part or earliest stage of something:

    • adjective

      new or inexperienced:

      introductory or elementary:

    • past participle of begin
    • past of begin
    • noun

      the point in time or space at which something begins:

      the first part or earliest stage of something:

    • past participle of begin
    • past of begin
    • (1913–92), Israeli statesman, prime minister 1977–84. His hard line on Arab–Israeli relations softened in a series of meetings with President Anwar al-Sadat of Egypt, which led to a peace treaty between the countries. Nobel Peace Prize (1978), shared with Sadat.
    • (1913–92), Israeli statesman, prime minister 1977–83. His hard line on Arab–Israeli relations softened in a series of meetings with President Sadat of Egypt, which led to a peace treaty between the countries. Nobel Peace Prize (1978, shared with Sadat).
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