from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- intransitive verb To perform or undergo the first part of an action; start.
- intransitive verb To come into being.
- intransitive verb To do or accomplish something in the least degree. Used in the negative with an infinitive.
- intransitive verb To say as the first in a series of remarks.
- intransitive verb To have as a first element or part.
- intransitive verb To have as the lowest price in a range.
- intransitive verb To have as a first position, stage, or job.
- intransitive verb To take the first step in doing; start.
- intransitive verb To cause to come into being; originate.
- intransitive verb To come first in (a series, for instance).
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A beginning.
- To take the first step in; set about the performance or accomplishment of; enter upon; commence.
- To originate; be the originator of: as, to
- 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- transitive verb To enter on; to commence.
- transitive verb To trace or lay the foundation of; to make or place a beginning of.
- intransitive verb To have or commence an independent or first existence; to take rise; to commence.
- intransitive verb 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.
- noun Poetic & Obs. Beginning.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- verb transitive, intransitive To
start, to initiateor take the firststep into something.
- noun nonstandard
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- verb be the first item or point, constitute the beginning or start, come first in a series
- verb begin an event that is implied and limited by the nature or inherent function of the direct object
- verb begin to speak or say
- verb have a beginning, of a temporal event
- verb have a beginning, in a temporal, spatial, or evaluative sense
- verb begin to speak, understand, read, and write a language
- 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)
- verb set in motion, cause to start
- verb have a beginning characterized in some specified way
- verb achieve or accomplish in the least degree, usually used in the negative
- verb take the first step or steps in carrying out an action
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
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_!
Over the Fireside with Silent Friends Richard King 1913
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!
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.'
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.
The Leader Who Had No Title Robin Sharma 2010
Only later did the term begin to denote “mystical theology,” that included direct experience of the divine (See Bouyer, 1981).
Mysticism Gellman, Jerome 2005
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.
Cy Whittaker's Place Joseph Crosby Lincoln 1907
Conceive what might have happened if it had been some other of our presidents who had happened to have his term begin in 1861!
Abraham Lincoln Morse, John T 1899
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.
Five-year plan: 8 problems IT must solve Paul Venezia 2010
Besides, the only way to begin is to begin at the beginning.
CHAPTER II 2010