began

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began

  1. simple past tense of begin
  2. (obsolete) past participle of begin

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began

  1. first/third-person singular past indicative of beginnen

Old English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From be- +‎ gān. Cognate with Old High German bigān.

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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 (Ælfc. Gr. 7; Som. 6, 44.)
  3. to occupy, inhabit, dwell, surround, besiege, overrun
    Hí ðone búr útan beeódon.They surrounded the dwelling outside. (Chr. 755; Th. 83, 26, col. 1)
  4. to practise, do, engage in, perform, commit, exercise, attend to, be diligent about, honor, serve, worship, profess; pledge, devote, train oneself
    He begǽþ unmǽtasHe commits gluttonies. (Deut. 21, 20)
    Begá ðé sylfne to árfæstnysseTrain thyself to godliness. (1 Tim. 4, 7)

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  • Middle English: bigon, begon

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