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begin - Dictionary definition and meaning for word begin

Definition
(noun) Israeli statesman (born in Russia) who (as prime minister of Israel) negotiated a peace treaty with Anwar Sadat (then the president of Egypt) (1913-1992)
Synonyms : menachem begin

Definition
(verb) take the first step or steps in carrying out an action
Example Sentence
  • We began working at dawn
  • Who will start?
  • Get working as soon as the sun rises!
  • The first tourists began to arrive in Cambodia
  • He began early in the day
  • Let's get down to work now

Definition
(verb) have a beginning, in a temporal, spatial, or evaluative sense
Synonyms : start
Example Sentence
  • The DMZ begins right over the hill
  • The second movement begins after the Allegro
  • Prices for these homes start at $250,000

Definition
(verb) set in motion, cause to start
Synonyms : commence , lead off , start
Example Sentence
  • The U.S. started a war in the Middle East
  • The Iraqis began hostilities
  • begin a new chapter in your life

Definition
(verb) begin to speak or say
Example Sentence
  • Now listen, friends,

Definition
(verb) be the first item or point, constitute the beginning or start, come first in a series
Example Sentence
  • The number `one' begins the sequence
  • A terrible murder begins the novel
  • The convocation ceremony officially begins the semester

Definition
(verb) have a beginning, of a temporal event
Example Sentence
  • WW II began in 1939 when Hitler marched into Poland
  • The company's Asia tour begins next month

Definition
(verb) have a beginning characterized in some specified way
Synonyms : start
Example Sentence
  • The novel begins with a murder
  • My property begins with the three maple trees
  • Her day begins with a workout
  • The semester begins with a convocation ceremony

Definition
(verb) begin an event that is implied and limited by the nature or inherent function of the direct object
Synonyms : start
Example Sentence
  • begin a cigar
  • She started the soup while it was still hot
  • We started physics in 10th grade

Definition
(verb) achieve or accomplish in the least degree, usually used in the negative
Example Sentence
  • This economic measure doesn't even begin to deal with the problem of inflation
  • You cannot even begin to understand the problem we had to deal with during the war

Definition
(verb) begin to speak, understand, read, and write a language
Example Sentence
  • She began Russian at an early age
  • We started French in fourth grade

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