An example of begin is when you start working at 8:00 A.M.
An example of begin is the invasion that started World War II in 1939.
An example of begin is when legislation is passed that starts to deal with a problem.
Those measures do not even begin to address the problem.
When life began.
“I didn't like the movie,” he began.
I began to e-mail you but got interrupted. The rain began around noon.
An invention that began a new era.
The numeral 1 begins the sequence.
The Bible begins with Genesis.
They don't begin to compare.
- As the first point or consideration.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of begin
- Middle English biginnen from Old English beginnan
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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 zë (“to catch”), Ancient Greek [script?] (chandánein, “to hold, contain”)).