begin meaning

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begin verb
1. have a beginning, in a temporal, spatial, or evaluative sense
Related: start
Antonyms: end
  • "The DMZ begins right over the hill"
  • "The second movement begins after the Allegro"
  • "Prices for these homes start at $250,000"
2. set in motion, cause to start
Related: lead_off, start, commence
Antonyms: end
  • "The U.S. started a war in the Middle East"
  • "The Iraqis began hostilities"
  • "begin a new chapter in your life"
3. (talk) begin to speak or say
  • "`Now listen, friends', he began"
4. 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"
5. (be) 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"
6. (be) have a beginning characterized in some specified way
Related: start
  • "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"
7. (act) begin an event that is implied and limited by the nature or inherent function of the direct object
Related: start
  • "begin a cigar"
  • "She started the soup while it was still hot"
  • "We started physics in 10th grade"
8. (achieve) 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"
9. begin to speak, understand, read, and write a language
  • "She began Russian at an early age"
  • "We started French in fourth grade"
Begin noun
1. 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)
Related: Menachem_Begin
get_down verb
1. take the first step or steps in carrying out an action
Related: begin, get, start_out, start, set_about, set_out, commence
Antonyms: end
  • "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"
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