• (verb-intransitive): To take the first step in performing an action; start.
  • (verb-intransitive): To come into being: when life began.
  • (verb-intransitive): To do or accomplish in the least degree: Those measures do not even begin to address the problem.
  • (verb-transitive): To take the first step in doing; start: began work.
  • (verb-transitive): To cause to come into being; originate.
  • (verb-transitive): To come first in: The numeral 1 begins the sequence.

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  • (noun): 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)
  • (verb): begin to speak, understand, read, and write a language; "She began Russian at an early age"; "We started French in fourth grade"
  • (verb): 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"
  • (verb): 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"
  • (verb): 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 workout"; "The semester begins with a convocation ceremony"
  • (verb): have a beginning, of a temporal event; "WW II began in 1939 when Hitler marched into Poland"; "The company's Asia tour begins next month"
  • (verb): 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"
  • (verb): begin to speak or say; "`Now listen, friends', he began"
  • (verb): 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"
  • (verb): 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"
  • (verb): 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"

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Example Sentences

  • I shall begin -- yes, I shall _begin_ with a course of the Norwegian theatres.

  • Then, just _one more_ glimpse at the evening paper -- and you would begin ... oh yes! you _would begin_!

  • I will simply assure you, that meaning to begin work in deep earnest, _begin_ without affectation, God knows, -- I do not know what will help me more than hearing from you, -- and therefore, if you do not so very much hate it, I know I _shall_ hear from you -- and very little more about your 'tiring me.'

  • For first you had to be created, only that; and then, in my time; and then, not in Timbuctoo but Wimpole Street, and then ... the strange hedge round the sleeping Palace keeping the world off -- and then ... all was to begin, all the difficulty only _begin_: -- and now ... see where is reached!

  • And they really do form a whole leadership language of sorts that those of us Leading Without a Title begin to speak to each other.

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