begin  

  • Pronunciation of begin: B IH0 G IH1 N (bɪ'ɡɪn)

  • Number of syllables of begin: 2

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  • Definition of begin

    • (n): 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)  
    • (v): 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"  
    • (v): 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"  
    • (v): begin to speak or say; "Now listen, friends," he began  
    • (v): begin to speak, understand, read, and write a language; "She began Russian at an early age"; "We started French in fourth grade"  
    • (v): 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"  
    • (v): 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"  
    • (v): 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"  
    • (v): 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 work-out"; "The semester begins with a convocation ceremony"  
    • (v): have a beginning, of a temporal event; "WWII began in 1939 when Hitler marched into Poland"; "The company''s Asia tour begins next month"  
    • (v): 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 ceremoney officially begins the semester"  
  • Examples of begin

    • I begin the capitel of sightseeing.  
    • They aren't too happy and begin wailing.  
    • Lymphomas begin in the lymphatic system.  
    • The other boys begin to sob as well.  
    • Medicare is due to begin in March.  
    • Alarms begin blaring as the escaped Velociraptors begin to appear.  
    • The discussion is to begin afresh.  
    • He could begin the toilsome task anew.  
    • The printing of the label can begin.  
    • Kishin and the monster begin to mobilize.  

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