American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To take the first step in performing an action; start.
- v. To come into being: when life began.
- v. To do or accomplish in the least degree: Those measures do not even begin to address the problem.
- v. To take the first step in doing; start: began work.
- v. To cause to come into being; originate.
- v. To come first in: The numeral 1 begins the sequence.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To take the first step in; set about the performance or accomplishment of; enter upon; commence.
- To originate; be the originator of: as, to begin a dynasty.
- To trace from anything as the first ground; date the beginning of.
- Synonyms To set about, institute, undertake, originate, initiate.
- To come into existence; arise; originate: as, the present German empire began with William I.
- To take a first step; commence in any course or operation; make a start or commencement.
- At the outset; as the first thing to be considered; first of all: as, to begin with, I do not like its color.
- n. A beginning.
- v. transitive, intransitive To start, to initiate or take the first step into something.
- n. nonstandard Beginning; start.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To have or commence an independent or first existence; to take rise; to commence.
- v. To do the first act or the first part of an action; to enter upon or commence something new, as a new form or state of being, or course of action; to take the first step; to start.
- v. To enter on; to commence.
- v. To trace or lay the foundation of; to make or place a beginning of.
- n. Poetic & Obs. Beginning.
- v. be the first item or point, constitute the beginning or start, come first in a series
- v. begin an event that is implied and limited by the nature or inherent function of the direct object
- v. begin to speak or say
- v. have a beginning, of a temporal event
- v. have a beginning, in a temporal, spatial, or evaluative sense
- v. begin to speak, understand, read, and write a language
- n. 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)
- v. set in motion, cause to start
- v. have a beginning characterized in some specified way
- v. achieve or accomplish in the least degree, usually used in the negative
- v. take the first step or steps in carrying out an action
- From Middle English beginnen, from Old English beginnan ("to begin"), from Proto-Germanic *biginnanan (“to begin”) (compare West Frisian begjinne, Dutch/German beginnen), from Proto-Indo-European *ghendhe/o 'to take' (compare Welsh genni ("to delve, submerge onself"), Latin prehendere 'to grasp, nab', praeda 'prey', Albanian zë ("to catch"), Ancient Greek chandánein ("to hold, contain")). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English biginnen, from Old English beginnan. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I shall begin -- yes, I shall _begin_ with a course of the Norwegian theatres.”
“Then, just _one more_ glimpse at the evening paper -- and you would begin ... oh yes! you _would begin_!”
“I will simply assure you, that meaning to begin work in deep earnest, _begin_ without affectation, God knows, -- I do not know what will help me more than hearing from you, -- and therefore, if you do not so very much hate it, I know I _shall_ hear from you -- and very little more about your 'tiring me.”
“For first you had to be created, only that; and then, in my time; and then, not in Timbuctoo but Wimpole Street, and then ... the strange hedge round the sleeping Palace keeping the world off -- and then ... all was to begin, all the difficulty only _begin_: -- and now ... see where is reached!”
“And they really do form a whole leadership language of sorts that those of us Leading Without a Title begin to speak to each other.”
“Only later did the term begin to denote “mystical theology,” that included direct experience of the divine (See Bouyer, 1981).”
“Of late there has been a movement, headed by some of the townspeople who think city ways are best, to have the term begin in September.”
“Conceive what might have happened if it had been some other of our presidents who had happened to have his term begin in 1861!”
“But the best place to begin is to consider the needs of IT people who map out the plans and get the job done every day.”
“Besides, the only way to begin is to begin at the beginning.”
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