What does begin mean?

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ˈbeɪ gɪnbe·gin

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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

    Etymology: 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')

  2. begin(Verb)

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

    Etymology: 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.]

Editors Contribution

  1. begin

    To create.

    They did begin ballroom dancing together.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 20, 2020  

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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

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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

Examples of begin in a Sentence

  1. Lydia Pickering:

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  2. Ladd Everitt:

    Ammunition is widely available at ranges to begin with,and we don't take issue with that, if they put it in a school, call me back.

  3. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala:

    The budget seeks to protect the average Nigerian and you know that the key is that we focus on diversification of the economy, this budget points to the fact that this country is a non-oil country and I think we want Nigerians to begin to think of the country in that way.

  4. Robert Mueller:

    Russians massively intervened in 2016 and they are prepared to do so again in voting that is set to begin a mere eight months from now.

  5. Vivek Shah:

    Here, you humanize the conversation ... you understand that this is a problem that happens to people around you, you begin to have this sense of, if something were to happen to me, I have people around me who wouldn't just stand by and would know what to do.

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