1. [ verb ] take the first step or steps in carrying out an action
Synonyms: start set_out commence start_out set_about get_down get

: "We began working at dawn" "Who will start?" "Get working as soon as the sun rises!" "The first tourists began to arrive in Cambodia" "He began early in the day"

Related terms: end get_cracking launch plunge get_to break_in embark attack jump_off auspicate come_on recommence strike_out fall beginning newcomer novice
2. [ verb ] have a beginning, in a temporal, spatial, or evaluative sense
Synonyms: start

: "The DMZ begins right over the hill" "The second movement begins after the Allegro" "Prices for these homes start at $250,000"

Related terms: end terminate erupt break_out bud set_in dawn originate beginning beginning
3. [ verb ] get off the ground
Synonyms: start commence embark_on start_up

"Who started this company?" "We embarked on an exciting enterprise" "I start my day with a good breakfast" "The afternoon session begins at 4 PM" "The blood shed started when the partisans launched a surprise attack"

Related terms: initiate open inaugurate start beginning beginning
4. [ verb ] set in motion, cause to start
Synonyms: start commence lead_off

"The U.S. started a war in the Middle East" "The Iraqis began hostilities" "begin a new chapter in your life"

Related terms: end end start set_off inaugurate jump-start recommence beginning start beginning founder
5. [ verb ] begin to speak or say

"Now listen, friends," he began

Related terms: talk
6. [ verb ] begin to speak, understand, read, and write a language

"She began Russian at an early age" "We started French in fourth grade"

7. [ verb ] begin an event that is implied and limited by the nature or inherent function of the direct object
Synonyms: start

"begin a cigar" "She started the soup while it was still hot" "We started physics in 10th grade"

Related terms: act
8. [ noun ] (politics) 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)
Synonyms: menachem_begin
Related terms: statesman
9. [ verb ] have a beginning, of a temporal event

"WWII began in 1939 when Hitler marched into Poland" "The company's Asia tour begins next month"

Related terms: be
10. [ verb ] have a beginning characterized in some specified way
Synonyms: start

"The novel begins with a murder" "My property begins with the three maple trees" "Her day begins with a work-out" "The semester begins with a convocation ceremony"

Related terms: be start
11. [ verb ] be the first item or point, constitute the beginning or start, come first in a series

"The number "one" begins the sequence" "A terrible murder begin the novel" "The convocation ceremony officially begins the semester"

Related terms: beginning
12. [ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 8329
13. [ verb ] achieve or accomplish in the least degree, usually used in the negative

: "This economic measure doesn't even begin to deal with the problem of inflation" "You cannot even begin to understand the problem we had to deal with during the war"

Related terms: achieve
Similar spelling:   Beagan