- 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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- Me·na·chem [muh-nah-khuh m] /məˈnɑ xəm/, 1913–92, Israeli political leader, born in Poland: prime minister 1977–83; Nobel Peace Prize 1978.
Examples from the Web for begin
Christie has problems, and they begin with the fact that photos and videos and memes can haunt us.Will Chris Christie Regret His Cowboy Hug?
January 5, 2015
He could order the Justice Department to begin the necessary regulatory work.Obama’s Pot Policy Is Refer Madness
January 5, 2015
That kind of compassion might go a long way toward helping us begin to respond to a hurting world.In 2015, Let’s Try for More Compassion
January 4, 2015
My trip takes the reverse path, and I begin by assessing the depth of my Shakespeare knowledge in his birthplace.Biking With the Bard
December 28, 2014
We can also begin to plan our wardrobes to match our new and improved selves.What, and Who, You'll Be Wearing in 2015
December 27, 2014
She suggested the 4th of July to him as the time to begin operations.Harriet, The Moses of Her People
Sarah H. Bradford
Foreigners, especially Greeks, begin to dominate the country.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
The bell had rung—the curtain was up and the performances were about to begin.
And let there be no misunderstanding—we are going to begin to act, beginning today.
But he has played so many of these jokes that they begin to lose their effect.Monsieur du Muroir (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")
- 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
- 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
Word Origin and History for 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.