It was a peculiar moment where viral content came to life; as if Grumpy Cat came onstage and began speaking.
I began to be afraid; everything outside seemed so—so black and uncomfortable.
“First do no harm” was where their practice of medicine began.
New York Times columnist David Brooks, who began his career at NR, just called Governor Palin “a cancer on the Republican Party.”
The team also began using testosterone patches instead of red eggs.
Benedetta began to laugh, while the two young men made merry.
"You politicians—" she began, when she was interrupted by a call at the door.
It was not at first that John could attend to him, and when he was able to do so he began to rattle on about his own affairs.
You were about to tell me something, child, but you left off before you began.
The Russians began retreating from the northern Carpathian front.
Old English beginnan "to begin, attempt, undertake," a rare word beside the more usual form onginnan (class III strong verb; past tense ongann, past participle ongunnen); from bi- (see be-) + West Germanbic *ginnan, of obscure meaning and found only in compounds, perhaps "to open, open up" (cf. Old High German in-ginnan "to cut open, open up," also "begin, undertake"), with sense evolution from "open" to "begin." Cognates elsewhere in Germanic include Old Frisian biginna "to begin," Middle Dutch beghinnen, Old High German beginnan, German beginnen, Old Frisian bijenna "to begin," Gothic duginnan.