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Definition of "begin" []

  • To take the first step in performing an action; start. (verb-intransitive)
  • To come into being: when life began. (verb-intransitive)
  • To do or accomplish in the least degree: Those measures do not even begin to address the problem. (verb-intransitive)
  • To take the first step in doing; start: began work. (verb-transitive)
  • To cause to come into being; originate. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "begin" in a sentence
  • "I shall begin -- yes, I shall _begin_ with a course of the Norwegian theatres."
  • "Then, just _one more_ glimpse at the evening paper -- and you would begin ... oh yes! you _would begin_!"
  • "I will simply assure you, that meaning to begin work in deep earnest, _begin_ without affectation, God knows, -- I do not know what will help me more than hearing from you, -- and therefore, if you do not so very much hate it, I know I _shall_ hear from you -- and very little more about your 'tiring me.'"