began

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /bɪˈɡæn/
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  • Rhymes: -æn
  • Hyphenation: be‧gan

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began

  1. simple past tense of begin

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Old English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From be- +‎ gān.

Verb[edit]

begān

  1. to bego, go over, traverse; get to, come by, fall into
  2. to go to, visit, care for, cultivate, affect
    Se ðe æcer begǽþ. — He who cultivates land (acre) … a farmer
  3. to occupy, inhabit, dwell, surround, besiege, overrun
    Hí ðone búr útan beeódon. — They surrounded the dwelling outside.
  4. to practise, do, engage in, perform, commit, exercise, attend to, be diligent about, honor, serve, worship, profess; pledge, devote, train oneself
    He begǽþ unmǽtas — He commits gluttonies. (Deut. 21, 20)
    Begá ðé sylfne to árfæstnysse — Train thyself to godliness. (1 Tim. 4, 7)

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References[edit]

  • 1916, John R. Clark, "A Concise Anglo-Saxon Dictionary for the Use of Students", begān
  • 2010, J. Bosworth, An Anglo-Saxon Dictionary Online (T. N. Toller & Others, Eds.), begān