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English noun: Begin

1. Begin (person) 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)

SynonymsMenachem Begin

Instance hypernymnational leader, solon, statesman

English verb: begin

1. begin (change) take the first step or steps in carrying out an action

SamplesWe 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.
Let's get down to work now.

ExamplesThey begin to move , They begin moving

Synonymscommence, get, get down, set about, set out, start, start out

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE.
Somebody ----s VERB-ing

Narrower (hyponym)attack, auspicate, bestir oneself, break in, come on, embark, enter, fall, get cracking, get going, get moving, get rolling, get started, get to, get weaving, jump off, launch, plunge, recommence, strike out

Verb groupbegin

Antonymsterminate, end

2. begin (stative) have a beginning, in a temporal, spatial, or evaluative sense

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


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP.
Something ----s something

Narrower (hyponym)break out, break out, bud, dawn, erupt, kick in, originate, set in

Verb groupbegin, begin, start

Antonymsend, cease, terminate, finish, stop

3. begin (change) set in motion, cause to start

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

Synonymscommence, lead off, start

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Narrower (hyponym)commence, embark on, inaugurate, introduce, jump-start, jumpstart, recommence, set off, start, start up, usher in

Causebegin, start

Verb groupbegin

Antonymsterminate, end

4. begin (communication) begin to speak or say

SamplesNow listen, friends,.

ExamplesThey won't begin the story

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)mouth, speak, talk, utter, verbalise, verbalize

5. begin (stative) be the first item or point, constitute the beginning or start, come first in a series

SamplesThe number `one' begins the sequence.
A terrible murder begins the novel.
The convocation ceremony officially begins the semester.

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Verb groupbegin, start

6. begin (stative) have a beginning, of a temporal event

SamplesWW II began in 1939 when Hitler marched into Poland.
The company's Asia tour begins next month.

Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)be

Verb groupbegin, begin, commence, lead off, start, start

7. begin (stative) have a beginning characterized in some specified way

SamplesThe novel begins with a murder.
My property begins with the three maple trees.
Her day begins with a workout.
The semester begins with a convocation ceremony.


Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)be

Verb groupbegin, begin, begin, start, start

8. begin (social) begin an event that is implied and limited by the nature or inherent function of the direct object

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


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)act, move

Verb groupbegin, start

9. begin (social) achieve or accomplish in the least degree, usually used in the negative

SamplesThis 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.

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)accomplish, achieve, attain, reach

10. begin (communication) begin to speak, understand, read, and write a language

SamplesShe began Russian at an early age.
We started French in fourth grade.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Verb groupbegin, commence, get, get down, set about, set out, start, start out

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