What does begin mean?

Definitions for begin
ˈbeɪ gɪnbe·gin

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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. Henry David Thoreau:

    The universe seems bankrupt as soon as we begin to discuss the characters of individuals.

  2. Jorge Luis Borges:

    My father and he had one of those English friendships which begin by avoiding intimacies and eventually eliminate speech altogether.

  3. Jessica Vaughan:

    All of these deaths were preventable, iCE should not be waiting for deportable aliens to commit murder before enforcing immigration laws, and local jurisdictions should be cooperating fully in order to spare their citizens from becoming victims of people who should not be here to begin with.

  4. John Bolton:

    We're waiting for North Korea to begin the process of denuclearization, which they committed to in Singapore and which they've not yet done.

  5. Tom Graves:

    With the House planning to wrap up the People's business and the final report from the Modernization Committee set to be filed in the next few weeks, I intend to step down from Congress and begin the next chapter of life in October.

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