empezar

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Asturian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

en- + pieza, possibly through a Vulgar Latin root *impettiāre.

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empezar (first-person singular indicative present empezo, past participle empezáu)

  1. to begin, start
    Synonym: entamar, apenzar, empecipiar, emprimar, aniciar, comenzar

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Galician[edit]

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empezar (first-person singular present empezo, first-person singular preterite empecei, past participle empezado)

  1. to begin, to start

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Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From en- +‎ pieza +‎ -ar, possibly through a Vulgar Latin root *impettiāre.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Castilian) IPA(key): /empeˈθaɾ/, [ẽmpeˈθaɾ]
  • (Latin America) IPA(key): /empeˈsaɾ/, [ẽmpeˈsaɾ]

Verb[edit]

empezar (first-person singular present empiezo, first-person singular preterite empecé, past participle empezado)

  1. to start, begin, to get started
    Synonyms: comenzar, iniciar
    (with a) to start to
    Hace poco que empezó a comer vegetales.
    He recently started eating vegetables.
    (with por) to start by; to start with
    Sugiero que empecemos por reconecer que necesitamos más ayuda.
    I suggest that we start by acknowledging that we need more help.
    En español, pocas palabras empiezan por la letra ñ.
    In Spanish, few words begin with the letter ñ.
  2. (with con) to lead with, to open with
  3. (reflexive) to be started

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  • Rule: e becomes a ie in stressed syllables; z changes to c before e.

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