- simple past tense of begin.
- to proceed to perform the first or earliest part of some action; commence; start: The story begins with their marriage.
- to come into existence; arise; originate: The custom began during the Civil War.
- to proceed to perform the first or earliest part of (some action): Begin the job tomorrow.
- to originate; be the originator of: civic leaders who began the reform movement.
- to succeed to the slightest extent in (followed by an infinitive): The money won't even begin to cover expenses.
Origin of begin
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Training in Taji began Dec. 20; a week later, 218 Iraqis began receiving training in Anbar.Pentagon Insider on New Plan to Fight ISIS: ‘Of Course It’s Not Enough’
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As the months passed and she began to cast the film, I became increasingly excited.Dr. King Goes to Hollywood: The Flawed History of ‘Selma’
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You began to look bad as soon as you left off your breakfast.
He began to pace the floor again from one room to the other.
He leaned back, and began to puff leisurely at his pipe, as if this settled the matter.
He went over to the desk and began to scribble a name on the pad of paper.
At the moment of parting he began to realize that he had undertaken a difficult task.
- the past tense of begin
- Menachem (məˈnɑːkɪm). 1913–92, Israeli statesman, born in Poland. In Palestine after 1942, he became a leader of the militant Zionists; prime minister of Israel (1977–83); Nobel peace prize jointly with Sadat 1978. In 1979 he concluded the Camp David treaty with Anwar Sadat of Egypt
- to start or cause to start (something or to do something)
- to bring or come into being for the first time; arise or originate
- to start to say or speak
- (used with a negative) to have the least capacity (to do something)he couldn't begin to compete with her
- to begin with in the first place
Word Origin and History for began
past tense of begin.
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.