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
Examples from the Web for begins
The more we try to look through the gauze, the more it all begins to look like gauze.
He begins to list them off: food rations, health clinics, education.
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.
The chief thought left by that meeting was: "Is that how he begins to everyone?"Beyond|John Galsworthy
Tie a piece of cheese-cloth over the top of jug and stand it in a warm kitchen about one week, until it begins to ferment.
About the middle of the month the Virginian Cowslip (Mertensia virginica) begins to turn yellow before dying down.Wood and Garden|Gertrude Jekyll
When we die fate shoves up the next number and it all begins over again.'A Bed of Roses|W. L. George
He's a nice young man, but every now and again, when he begins talking, you can't understand a word he's saying.Plays by Chekhov, Second Series|Anton Chekhov
verb -gins, -ginning, -gan or -gun
Word Origin 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.
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