begin

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English beginnen, from Old English beginnan (to begin), from Proto-Germanic *biginnaną (to begin) (compare West Frisian begjinne, Low German begünnen, Dutch and German beginnen), from a root *ginnaną also found in Old English onginnan, Old Saxon andginnan and Dutch ontginnen, possibly from Proto-Indo-European *ghendhe/o (to take) (compare Welsh genni (to delve, submerge onself), Latin prehendō, Albanian (to catch), Ancient Greek [script?] (chandánein, to hold, contain)).

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begin (third-person singular simple present begins, present participle beginning, simple past began, past participle begun)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To start, to initiate or take the first step into something.
    I began playing the piano at the age of five.   Now that everyone is here, we should begin the presentation.   The program begins at 9 o'clock on the dot.   I rushed to get to class on time, but the lesson had already begun.
    • John Locke (1632-1705)
      The apostle begins our knowledge in the creatures, which leads us to the knowledge of God.
    • Alexander Pope (1688-1744)
      Ye nymphs of Solyma! begin the song.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 4, The Celebrity:
      Mr. Cooke at once began a tirade against the residents of Asquith for permitting a sandy and generally disgraceful condition of the roads. So roundly did he vituperate the inn management in particular, and with such a loud flow of words, that I trembled lest he should be heard on the veranda.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 5, Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      Of all the queer collections of humans outside of a crazy asylum, it seemed to me this sanitarium was the cup winner. […] When you're well enough off so's you don't have to fret about anything but your heft or your diseases you begin to get queer, I suppose.
    • 2013 June 29, “Unspontaneous combustion”, The Economist, volume 407, number 8842, page 29: 
      Since the mid-1980s, when Indonesia first began to clear its bountiful forests on an industrial scale in favour of lucrative palm-oil plantations, “haze” has become an almost annual occurrence in South-East Asia.
  2. (intransitive) To commence existence.
    • Alexander Pope (1688-1744)
      Vast chain of being! which from God began.

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begin (plural begins)

  1. (nonstandard) Beginning; start.

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Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /bə.ˈɣɪn/
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  • Hyphenation: be‧gin

Noun[edit]

begin n (uncountable, diminutive beginnetje n)

  1. start, beginning

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Verb[edit]

begin

  1. first-person singular present indicative of beginnen
  2. imperative of beginnen

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Noun[edit]

begin (plural begins)

  1. beginning

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