from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • v. Past tense of begin.

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  • v. Simple past of begin.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Preterit of begin.


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  • But the strange feel of what was to come for me… the experience that would define my shape and view of politics and it’s relevance to my existence… began to creep in the most subtle of ways… before the trip even began…

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  • Ms. DeVos showed fur at her recent show as she has in every collection since her label began in 2002.

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  • The profane usage of the term began in the 14th century and "suggested high sexual desire in a woman, comparable to a dog in heat."

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  • She dumped some of her designer water on it, and the ink on the label began to bleed.

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  • Even so, I tried to counteract the olanzapine with tobacco by smoking lots of cigarettes because the word began with O and “tobacco” ended with the same letter.

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  • He joined the Army chorus, frequently performing at the White House, and his name began appearing in The Post right around the same time that the other Dan Snyder entered the local lexicon.

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  • The phrase began as an art term, then, like "post-painterly abstraction."

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  • The word "enlightenment" in a Buddhist context has been used so frequently and in so many ways, many people may not realize that this use of the word began fairly recently, and has a complex cultural and literary history.

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  • The label began in 1980, the year after founders Ivo Watts-Russell and Peter Kent set out to produce the work of unknown bands with the financial help of Beggars Banquet Records.

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  • How and when the term began to be used for what is called fan fiction today, I don't know.

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