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Begin

Begin appears in the following tongue twister:

  • To begin to toboggan,
    first buy a toboggan.
    But don't buy too big a toboggan.
    Too big a toboggan is too big a toboggan to buy to begin to toboggan.
BEGIN has all the letters in alphabetical order.

The word begin is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun begin

What does begin mean as a name of something?

noun

  1. 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)

Alternative definition of the noun begin

noun

  1. [nonstandard] beginning; start

Definition of the verb begin

What does begin mean as a doing word?

Begin is one of the top 50 most common verbs. It is used mostly in writing, being one of the top 50 most common verbs in written English.View more statistics!

verb - inflections:

simple pastpast participlepresent participlethird-person singular
beganbegunbeginingbegins

  1. take the first step or steps in carrying out an action
    • examples: They begin to move | They begin moving
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme]John started the party
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] by [Oblique]We began the campaign by soliciting donations | We initiated the campaign by soliciting donations
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] with [Instrument]I began the party with a speech | I opened the event with a speech
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, subject control with -ing]John began going to the area
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, subject control with infinitive]He began to pack
      [Instrument] [Verb] [Theme]A murder began the book
      [Theme] [Verb]The storm began
      [Theme] [Verb] with [Instrument]The party began with a bang

      Aspectual Verbs (with the same syntax): commence, recommence, resume, start, undertake.

    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonyms of begin: commence / get / get down / set about / set out / start / start out
    • antonym of begin: end
    • more specific terms:
  2. have a beginning, in a temporal, spatial, or evaluative sense
    • examples: The DMZ begins right over the hill | The second movement begins after the Allegro
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonym of begin: start
    • antonym of begin: end
    • more specific terms:
  3. set in motion, cause to start
  4. begin to speak or say
  5. be the first item or point, constitute the beginning or start, come first in a series
    • examples: The number `one' begins the sequence | A terrible murder begins the novel | The convocation ceremony officially begins the semester
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
  6. have a beginning, of a temporal event
    • example: The company's Asia tour begins next month
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • more generic word: be = have the quality of being
  7. have a beginning characterized in some specified way
    • examples: 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
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonym of begin: start
    • more generic word: be = have the quality of being
  8. begin an event that is implied and limited by the nature or inherent function of the direct object
    • example: begin a cigar
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonym of begin: start
    • more generic words: act / move = perform an action, or work out or perform
  9. achieve or accomplish in the least degree, usually used in the negative
    • examples: 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
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • more generic words: accomplish / achieve / attain / reach = to gain with effort
  10. begin to speak, understand, read, and write a language
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Alternative definition of the verb begin

verb

  1. [ambitransitive] To start, to initiate or take the first step into something.

Group

Begin is a Japanese pop rock group from Ishigaki Island in the Yaeyama Islands of Okinawa Prefecture, Japan. Their sound contains many elements of traditional Okinawan music, and prominently features the sanshin.

Music

  1. "Begin" a.k.a. "BEGIN.": Begin is the fifth studio album by American singer-songwriter David Archuleta. The album is composed of nine cover songs and an exclusive original track sung by Archuleta himself.
  2. "Begin" is the only album ever released by the collective known as The Millennium during its lifetime.
  3. "Begin" is a single album by Korean pop group TVXQ.
    • artist: DBSK
    • released on (9 years ago)
  4. "Begin" is the first Japanese album by J-Pop group BeForU member Riyu Kosaka, released June 11, 2004. Many of these tracks are covers of popular bemani songs.
  5. "Begin" a.k.a. "Begin....." is a musical album of Cyndi Wang.
    • released on (12 years ago)
  6. "BEGIN" is a composition.
  7. "BEGIN" is a musical album of Begin.
    • released on (15 years ago)
  8. "BeGiN" is a musical album of BGN-Bradley Garfield Needham.
    • released on
  9. "Begin" is a composition.
  10. "Begin" is a musical album of Tommy Fleming.
    • released on
  11. "Begin" is a musical album of D:Fuse.
    • released on (11 years ago)
  12. "Begin" is a composition.
  13. "Begin" is a musical album of Ryan Montbleau.
  14. "Begin" is a composition.
  15. "Begin" is a musical album of McLaughlin.

Writings

"Begin" is a book by Brendan Kennelly.

Game

"Begin", A Tactical Starship Simulation is a computer game which was released in 1984 and consists of combat between spaceships. It is a tactical starship simulator where the player commands a fleet of ships against an alien force. In the early 1990s, it was followed by Begin 2. Begin 3 for Windows was released in March 2009. In 1996, Michael Feir stated that Begin 2 is "the best and most detailed simulator accessible to the blind.

  • mode: Single-player video game
  • released in (32 years ago)

Phrases with Begin

  1. to begin with
  2. to begin
  3. menachem begin

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Begin

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Google previewStress - the Modern Killer (2015)

by Owen Jones

The place to begin is the mind. You have to learn how to recognize when 'things are getting on top of you' and learn how to relax. There are several successful techniques including meditation, breathing exercises, aromatherapy and playing ...

Google previewSalvation With Love, Jesus (2014)

by Joy D. Siano

A good place to begin is the Book of John ...

Google previewThe English Gerund-participle (2006)

A Comparison with the Infinitive by Patrick J. Duffley

Begin is the more neutral and general of the two verbs and simply designates the initial segment of an event, which means that it is compatible with the evocation of only the very first instant of something (cf. at the very beginning of the chapter), ...

Google previewBeginnings, Second Edition (2012)

The Art and Science of Planning Psychotherapy by Mary Jo Peebles

The place to begin is the relationship with our patient. Before we think about anything formally related to diagnosis, mapping, or formulation, we should remember that every contact holds relatedness, and relatedness is at the center of alliance.

Google previewThe Human Tradition in Modern France (2000)

by K. Steven Vincent, Alison Klairmont-Lingo

For volumes covering more limited chronological periods, the place to begin is the Nouvelle histoire de la France contemporaine series, ...

Google previewBeginnings (2012)

The Art and Science of Planning Psychotherapy by Mary Jo Peebles Kleiger, Mary Jo Peebles

The place to begin is the relationship with our patient. Before we think about anything formally related to diagnosis, mapping, or formulation, we should remember that every contact holds relatedness, and relatedness is at the center of alliance.

Google previewSelected Writings on Ethics and Politics (2007)

by Bernard Bolzano

On the contrary, one seeks to convince everyone that emulating the virtues of the dead and finishing the noble tasks they were only able to begin is the most dignified way of honouring them. We gladly and often visit the resting places of the ...

Google previewA Condensed Dictionary of the English Language Giving the Correct Spelling, Pronunciation and Definitions of Words Based on the Unabridged Dictionary of Noah Webster (1910)

by Noah Webster

Begin.

Google previewTwentieth Century Dictionary (1914)

Containing Every Useful Word in the English Language, with Its Correct Spelling, Accurate Pronunciation and Exact Meaning According to Webster and Worcester. To which is Added An Encyclopaedia of Valuable Information, Also a Complete Supplement of New Words by Charles C. Parker

L The first word of every sentence or expression which stands for a sentence should begin with a capital. 2. All proper names should begin with capital letters. 3. Words derived from proper names begin with a capital. 4. All names of the Deity ...

Google previewParker's Condensed Dictionary (1897)

Containing Every Useful Word in the English Language ... According to Webster and Worcester. To which is Added an Encyclopedia of Valuable Information, Also a Complete Supplement of New Words ... by Charles C. Parker

The first word of every sentence or expression which stands for a sentence should begin with a capital. 2. All proper names should begin with capital letters. 3. Words derived from proper namt s begin with a capital. 4. All names of the Deity ...

Google previewA Biographical Encyclopedia of Contemporary Genocide: Portraits of Evil and Good (2012)

by Paul R. Bartrop

Miloševic ́ agrees to reduce Serbian forces in Kosovo Serbia withdraws thousands of Serb security forces from Kosovo; thousands of Kosovar Albanians begin to descend from the hills as winter threatens The Racak Massacre, Kosovo: in ...

Google previewWebster's Condensed Dictionary (1910)

A Condensed Dictionary of the English Language, Giving the Correct Spelling, Pronunciation and Definitions of Words by Noah Webster, Noah Porter

Begin.

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Usage statistics about begin

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the verb Begin:

spoken English17.1%written English82.9% conversational speech25.82%task-oriented speech74.18% imaginative writing63.36%informational writing36.64%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb Begin:

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Comparison of usage frequency between the verb Begin and its most common antonym:

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Quotes about Begin

Begin - to begin is half the work, let half still remain; again begin this, and thou wilt have finished. (Marcus Aurelius)
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Scrabble value of B3E1G2I1N1

The value of this 5-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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