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
Definition for begin (2 of 2)
Examples from the Web for begin
Christie has problems, and they begin with the fact that photos and videos and memes can haunt us.
He could order the Justice Department to begin the necessary regulatory work.
That kind of compassion might go a long way toward helping us begin to respond to a hurting world.
My trip takes the reverse path, and I begin by assessing the depth of my Shakespeare knowledge in his birthplace.
We can also begin to plan our wardrobes to match our new and improved selves.
They're always telling me the world is changed, and I begin to see it now.'Lord Kilgobbin|Charles Lever
In carving a ham, begin not quite in the centre, but a little nearer to the hock.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches|Eliza Leslie
But as long as there is affection in a man, why, there is Nature to begin with!
And if the convention was ignored, as it sometimes was, Hugo alone had the right to begin the ignoring of it.Hugo|Arnold Bennett
I begin now to comprehend your disdain of customs which impose chains so idly galling on the liberty of our sex.The Parisians, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
British Dictionary definitions for begin (1 of 2)
verb -gins, -ginning, -gan or -gun
Word Origin for begin
British Dictionary definitions for begin (2 of 2)
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.
Idioms and Phrases with begin
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