be|gin [ bı`gın ] (past tense be|gan [ bı`gæn ] ; past participle be|gun [ bı`gʌn ] ; present participle be|gin|ning) verb ***
1. ) transitive to start doing something:
begin doing something: He began shouting at them.
begin to do something: Suddenly the rain began to fall.
be just beginning to do something (=to be at the earliest stage of doing something): The buds were just beginning to open.
─ opposite STOP
a ) transitive to start feeling or thinking something:
begin to do something: Now we were beginning to feel excited.
I was beginning to wonder if I'd ever find you!
b ) intransitive or transitive to make an activity or process start or exist:
Their truck began the steep descent to the village.
The police have already begun their investigation.
begin (something) as something: He began his working life as a waiter.
begin (something) by doing something: I'd like to begin by thanking you all for coming.
begin (something) with something: We began the meeting with a discussion about the budget.
─ opposite END, FINISH
c ) intransitive to start speaking:
At last, he began I thought you were never coming.
─ opposite CONCLUDE
d ) transitive to give your attention to something for the first time:
I began the book with high hopes.
─ opposite FINISH
2. ) intransitive to start happening or existing:
My troubles began the night I met Roger.
The ceremony is due to begin at noon.
She felt her life was just beginning.
begin as: It began as a practical joke.
a ) begin with if a sentence, book, etc. begins with a particular letter, word, etc., that is the first one in it:
We usually use an before a word beginning with a vowel.
b ) if a place begins somewhere, that is the first point where you consider it to be
c ) begin with if an activity or process begins with something, that is the first thing that happens in it:
All meals begin with a short prayer.
The competition began with one of the teams being disqualified.
d ) to start speaking:
It isn't like that , he began, but Ben interrupted him.
can't begin to imagine/understand/explain etc. SPOKEN
used for emphasizing that something is very difficult to imagine, understand, etc.:
I can't even begin to imagine what it's like for him, bringing up three kids on his own.
it all began
used for introducing a long story or account of something:
It all began on one stormy night in May 1998.
to begin with
1. ) SPOKEN used for introducing the first thing in a list of things you are going to say:
Why were you annoyed? Well, to begin with, I hadn't even invited her.
2. ) before or during the first part of an activity or process:
How did you get involved to begin with?

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.


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