- past participle of begin.
- 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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Antonyms for begin
Examples from the Web for begun
Contemporary Examples of begun
Actually, the guessing game is over; the weddings have begun, as have weird attempts to circumvent our constitutional democracy.The Back Alley, Low Blow-Ridden Fight to Stop Gay Marriage in Florida Is Finally Over
January 5, 2015
The economy has begun to add jobs, but the quality of those jobs is an increasing concern.Christie Blames Parents for Bad Economy
January 3, 2015
By the late 1600s, chemists and herbalists had begun to concoct their own scientific mixtures for curing the hangover.History's Craziest Hangover Cures
December 30, 2014
Soon after we've begun working, Hitchcock announces he isn't coming to the office because it is raining.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
Holiday giving has also begun to reflect this household culture.Binge Watching is the New Bonding Time
The Daily Beast
December 10, 2014
Historical Examples of begun
She had begun to pull away in alarm when he seized her wrist.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
These concealed meetings, once begun, became an absorbing excitement.
Light and buoyant as the child was, her tightened clasp had begun to tell on him.
They have begun so cruelly with me, that I have not spirit enough to assert my own negative.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
I am more than delighted to find he has begun to take an interest in music.Weighed and Wanting
- the past participle of begin
- 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 for begin
past participle 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