begin Definition

  • 1to start doing something
  • 2to come into existence
  • 3to perform the first part of an action

Using begin: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "begin" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    Let's begin the meeting.

  • Example

    The concert will begin at 7 pm.

  • Example

    I will begin my homework after dinner.

  • Example

    The company began as a small startup.

begin Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for begin

Antonyms for begin

  • end
  • finish
  • conclude

Idioms Using begin

  • to start from the very first part of a story or task


    If you want to understand the situation, you need to begin at the beginning.

  • to start over without any past mistakes or problems affecting the present


    After the divorce, she decided to move to a new city and begin with a clean slate.

  • to start to understand something that was previously unclear


    After the explanation, I began to see the light on the topic.

Phrases with begin

  • to start with a particular person, thing, or aspect


    We'll begin with a brief introduction.

  • to start again after stopping


    If you make a mistake, just begin again.

  • to start to understand something that was previously unclear


    After studying for hours, I finally began to see daylight on the topic.

Origins of begin

from Old English 'beginnan', meaning 'to begin, attempt'


Summary: begin in Brief

The verb 'begin' [bɪˈɡɪn] means to start doing something, to come into existence, or to perform the first part of an action. It can be used in various contexts, such as meetings, concerts, homework, and company origins. Phrases like 'begin with' and idioms like 'begin at the beginning' and 'begin with a clean slate' add further nuance to the term.

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