to proceed to perform the first or earliest part of some action; commence; start:
The story begins with their marriage.
to come into existence; arise; originate:
The custom began during the Civil War.
to proceed to perform the first or earliest part of (some action):
Begin the job tomorrow.
to originate; be the originator of:
civic leaders who began the reform movement.
to succeed to the slightest extent in (followed by an infinitive):
The money won’t even begin to cover expenses.
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verb -gins, -ginning, -gan, -gun
to start or cause to start (something or to do something)
to bring or come into being for the first time; arise or originate
to start to say or speak
(used with a negative) to have the least capacity (to do something): he couldn’t begin to compete with her
to begin with, in the first place
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begin to see daylight
begin to see the light
to gird about; encompass; surround. Historical Examples Horse-Shoe Robinson John Pendleton Kennedy Uncle Silas J. S. LeFanu The Prophet of the Great Smoky Mountains Charles Egbert Craddock Trans-Himalaya, Vol. 1 (of 2) Sven Hedin The Christmas Miracle Charles Egbert Craddock (AKA Mary Noailles Murfree) The Ontario Readers: The High School Reader, 1886 Ministry of Education […]
smudged and sticky; soiled, usually with sticky residue.
(used as a euphemism for by God): It’s a fine day, begorra. interjection an emphatic exclamation, regarded as a characteristic utterance of Irish people
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