- 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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Examples from the Web for begins
The more we try to look through the gauze, the more it all begins to look like gauze.A Novel Nearly Impossible to Review
December 28, 2014
He begins to list them off: food rations, health clinics, education.The Congo's Forgotten Colonial Getaway
December 18, 2014
So I begin polishing, Boyle begins to make preliminary drawings, and things are buzzing.
“The lovers are seated across the room from each other,” he begins in his deliberate tones.
The new days in which Sarah now begins her life may not be perfect, but they are indisputably better.Synagogue Slay: When Cops Have to Kill
December 10, 2014
At that she begins to scream, but the priest he wouldn't let go.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Beat, and when it begins to get thick, add the nuts and coconut.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 5
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
It then begins to shrink and contract with the greatest uniformity.
"I want to see where it begins and where it goes," he insisted.The Trail Book
As soon as the Hoppoo boat sees what is going on, it begins to blow conches.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
- 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 begins
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.