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Meaning & Definition of Begin in English

English

Begin

/bɪgɪn/

noun

1. 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)

    synonym:
  • Begin
  • ,
  • Menachem Begin

verb

1. 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"
    synonym:
  • get down
  • ,
  • begin
  • ,
  • get
  • ,
  • start out
  • ,
  • start
  • ,
  • set about
  • ,
  • set out
  • ,
  • commence

2. 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"
    synonym:
  • begin
  • ,
  • start

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"
    synonym:
  • begin
  • ,
  • lead off
  • ,
  • start
  • ,
  • commence

4. Begin to speak or say

  • "Now listen, friends," he began
    synonym:
  • begin

5. 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"
    synonym:
  • begin

6. 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"
    synonym:
  • begin

7. 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"
    synonym:
  • begin
  • ,
  • start

8. 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"
    synonym:
  • begin
  • ,
  • start

9. 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"
    synonym:
  • begin

10. Begin to speak, understand, read, and write a language

  • "She began russian at an early age"
  • "We started french in fourth grade"
    synonym:
  • begin

Examples of using

I don't even know where to begin.
Where do we begin?
To begin with, we don't have enough money.