What does begin mean?

Definitions for begin
ˈbeɪ gɪnbe·gin

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word begin.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Begin, Menachem Beginverb

    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, commenceverb

    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, startverb

    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, commenceverb

    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. beginverb

    begin to speak or say

    "Now listen, friends," he began

  6. beginverb

    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. beginverb

    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, startverb

    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, startverb

    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. beginverb

    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. beginverb

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

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

Wiktionary

  1. beginnoun

    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. beginverb

    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. Beginverb

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

  2. Beginverb

    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. Beginverb

    to enter on; to commence

  4. Beginverb

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

  5. Beginnoun

    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. MordyQuotes:

    Start badly, start scrappy, but just start. You may lose, you may win, but you will never know if you do not begin.

  2. Dick DeGuerin:

    They seem to be going to such great lengths to pin something else on him, they must not have much of a case to begin with.

  3. Marcia Fudge:

    With these allocations, we are addressing climate justice in hard-hit communities that can now begin the process of building back better from disasters and improving long-term, equitable resilience to future impacts of climate change.

  4. John Combes:

    There's going to be a pandemic of well-being issues in health care workers, including residents and fellows, that will parallel the [ Covid ] pandemic unless we begin to address it now and into the future, even after the pandemic is over, we feel it's very important that residents receive adequate rest, particularly in an area when they need to be paying close attention to infection control practices and the use of personal protective equipment. So that's our number one concern.

  5. Ryan Sweet:

    Odds are that the tariffs will begin to boost import prices, the inflationary impact of the steel and aluminum tariffs has been modest, partly because a number of countries initially were exempt, but that has changed.

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