verb (used without object), be·gan, be·gun, be·gin·ning.
verb (used with object), be·gan, be·gun, be·gin·ning.
Origin of begin
Synonyms for begin
Antonyms for begin
Related Words for begando, inaugurate, prepare, lead, launch, establish, make, introduce, initiate, produce, undertake, found, create, open, commence, emerge, set, appear, rise, start
Examples from the Web for began
Contemporary Examples of began
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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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Historical Examples of began
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.Brave and Bold
He went over to the desk and began to scribble a name on the pad of paper.
"Now, my son, don't you get to going without your sleep," began his mother.
verb -gins, -ginning, -gan or -gun
Word Origin for begin
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.
In addition to the idioms beginning with begin
- beginning of the end, the
- begin to see daylight
- begin to see the light
- begin with
- charity begins at home
- (begin to) see the light
- to start (begin) with