Definitions for beginˈbeɪ gɪn

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Begin, Menachem Begin(verb)

    Israeli statesman (born in Russia) who (as prime minister of Israel) negotiated a peace treaty with Anwar Sadat (then the president of Egypt) (1913-1992)

  2. get down, begin, get, start out, start, set about, set out, commence(verb)

    take the first step or steps in carrying out an action

    "We began working at dawn"; "Who will start?"; "Get working as soon as the sun rises!"; "The first tourists began to arrive in Cambodia"; "He began early in the day"; "Let's get down to work now"

  3. begin, start(verb)

    have a beginning, in a temporal, spatial, or evaluative sense

    "The DMZ begins right over the hill"; "The second movement begins after the Allegro"; "Prices for these homes start at $250,000"

  4. begin, lead off, start, commence(verb)

    set in motion, cause to start

    "The U.S. started a war in the Middle East"; "The Iraqis began hostilities"; "begin a new chapter in your life"

  5. begin(verb)

    begin to speak or say

    "Now listen, friends," he began

  6. begin(verb)

    be the first item or point, constitute the beginning or start, come first in a series

    "The number `one' begins the sequence"; "A terrible murder begins the novel"; "The convocation ceremony officially begins the semester"

  7. begin(verb)

    have a beginning, of a temporal event

    "WW II began in 1939 when Hitler marched into Poland"; "The company's Asia tour begins next month"

  8. begin, start(verb)

    have a beginning characterized in some specified way

    "The novel begins with a murder"; "My property begins with the three maple trees"; "Her day begins with a workout"; "The semester begins with a convocation ceremony"

  9. begin, start(verb)

    begin an event that is implied and limited by the nature or inherent function of the direct object

    "begin a cigar"; "She started the soup while it was still hot"; "We started physics in 10th grade"

  10. begin(verb)

    achieve or accomplish in the least degree, usually used in the negative

    "This economic measure doesn't even begin to deal with the problem of inflation"; "You cannot even begin to understand the problem we had to deal with during the war"

  11. begin(verb)

    begin to speak, understand, read, and write a language

    "She began Russian at an early age"; "We started French in fourth grade"

Wiktionary

  1. begin(Noun)

    beginning; start

  2. begin(Verb)

    To start, to initiate or take the first step into something.

  3. Origin: From beginnen, from beginnan, from biginnanan (compare West Frisian begjinne, / beginnen), from ghendhe/o 'to take' (compare genni 'to delve, submerge onself', Latin prehendere 'to grasp, nab', praeda 'prey', zë 'to catch', Ancient Greek chandánein 'to hold, contain')

Webster Dictionary

  1. Begin(verb)

    to have or commence an independent or first existence; to take rise; to commence

  2. Begin(verb)

    to do the first act or the first part of an action; to enter upon or commence something new, as a new form or state of being, or course of action; to take the first step; to start

  3. Begin(verb)

    to enter on; to commence

  4. Begin(verb)

    to trace or lay the foundation of; to make or place a beginning of

  5. Begin(noun)

    beginning

Freebase

  1. Begin

    Begin is a Japanese pop group from Ishigaki Island in the Yaeyama Islands of Okinawa Prefecture, Japan. Their sound contains many elements of traditional Okinawan music, and prominently features the sanshin.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Begin

    be-gin′, v.i. to take rise: to enter on something new: to commence.—v.t. to enter on: to commence (with at, with, upon):—pr.p. begin′ning; pa.t. began′; pa.p. begun′.—ns. Begin′ner, one who begins: one who is beginning to learn or practise anything; Begin′ning, origin or commencement: rudiments—(Spens.) Beginne′.—adj. Begin′ningless. [A.S. beginnan (more usually onginnan), from be, and ginnan, to begin.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'begin' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1375

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'begin' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1933

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'begin' in Verbs Frequency: #44

Anagrams for begin »

  1. being

  2. binge

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of begin in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of begin in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Peter Nivio Zarlenga:

    To begin, begin.

  2. Woody Allen:

    I'm not sure where to begin.

  3. William Shakespeare, The Tempest, Act 4 Scene 1:

    I do begin to have bloody thoughts.

  4. Secret Service:

    I do n’t sleep well to begin with.

  5. Bart Peterson:

    The healing needs to begin right now.

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