- as the first point or consideration
Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Begin
Origin of Begin
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”)).
Middle English biginnen from Old English beginnan
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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