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 take the first step or steps in carrying out an action
get; start out; set about; start; set out; get down; commence.
- 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
- Let's get down to work now
verb have a beginning, in a temporal, spatial, or evaluative sense
- The DMZ begins right over the hill
- The second movement begins after the Allegro
- Prices for these homes start at $250,000
verb set in motion, cause to start
lead off; start; commence.
- The U.S. started a war in the Middle East
- The Iraqis began hostilities
- begin a new chapter in your life
verb begin to speak or say
- Now listen, friends," he began
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 begins the novel
- The convocation ceremony officially begins the semester
verb have a beginning, of a temporal event
- WW II began in 1939 when Hitler marched into Poland
- The company's Asia tour begins next month
verb have a beginning characterized in some specified way
- The 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
verb begin an event that is implied and limited by the nature or inherent function of the direct object
- begin a cigar
- She started the soup while it was still hot
- We started physics in 10th grade
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
verb begin to speak, understand, read, and write a language
- She began Russian at an early age
- We started French in fourth grade
Be*gin" intransitive verb
(akin to OS. biginnan
, D. & G. beginnen
, OHG. biginnan
, Goth., du-ginnan
, Sw. begynna
, Dan. begynde
); pref. be-
+ an assumed ginnan
. See Gin
imperfect & past participle Began Begun present participle & verbal noun Beginning
- To have or commence an independent or first existence; to take rise; to commence.
Vast chain of being! which from God began.
- 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. "Tears began to flow."
When I begin, I will also make an end.
1 Sam. iii. 12.
Be*gin" transitive verb
- To enter on; to commence.
Ye nymphs of Solyma ! begin the song.
- To trace or lay the foundation of; to make or place a beginning of.
The apostle begins our knowledge in the creatures, which leads us to the knowledge of God.
Syn. -- To commence; originate; set about; start.
- Beginning. Poetic & Obs.
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