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English definition of “to begin with”

to begin with

B1 at the start of a process, event, or situation: There were six of us to begin with, then two people left. B2 used to give the first important reason for something: The hotel was awful! To begin with, our room was far too small.
(Definition of to begin with from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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