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'begin' - used as a 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)

'begin' - used as a verb
2. take the first step or steps in carrying out an action
We began working at dawn
The first tourists began to arrive in Cambodia
He began early in the day
3. have a beginning, in a temporal, spatial, or evaluative sense
The DMZ begins right over the hill
The second movement begins after the Allegro
4. set in motion, cause to start
The Iraqis began hostilities
begin a new chapter in your life
5. begin to speak or say
Now listen, friends,
6. 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. 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. 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 an event that is implied and limited by the nature or inherent function of the direct object
begin a cigar
10. 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. begin to speak, understand, read, and write a language
She began Russian at an early age

derived forms
1. Begin / Past
began
2. Begin / Third Person
begins
3. Begin / Present Participle
beginning
4. Begin / Past Participle
begun
Variations of 'begin'
 
Antonym
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