Begin Definition

bĭ-gĭn
began, beginning, begins, begun
verb
began, beginning, begins, begun
To start doing, acting, going, etc.; get under way.
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To be the first part or element of.
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To come into being; arise.
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To do or accomplish something in the least degree. Used in the negative with an infinitive.
Those measures do not even begin to address the problem.
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To have a first part or element.
The Bible begins with Genesis.
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proper name
1913-92; prime minister of Israel (1977-83), born in Poland.
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idiom
to begin with
  • as the first point or consideration
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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 (“to catch”), Ancient Greek [script?] (chandánein, “to hold, contain”)).

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  • Middle English biginnen from Old English beginnan

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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