Translation of "begin" - English-Spanish dictionary


verb uk /bɪˈɡɪn/ us /bɪˈɡɪn/ present participle beginning, past tense began, past participle begun

A1 to start to happen

What time does the movie begin?

A2 to start to do something

She began to cry.
begin with something

B1 to have something at the start

empezar por algo
Local phone numbers begin with 01224.
to begin with

B1 at the start of a situation

al principio
To begin with, I was very nervous.
to begin with

used to give the first important reason for something

en primer lugar
The hotel was awful! To begin with, our room was too small.

(Translation of “begin” from the Cambridge English-Spanish Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)


verb /biˈɡin/ (present participle beginning, past tense began /biˈɡan/, past participle begun /biˈɡan/)

to come or bring, into being, to start

empezar, comenzar
He began to talk
The meeting began early.
beginning noun

the beginning of the story.
beginner noun

someone who is just learning how to do something

’Does he paint well?’ ’He’s not bad for a beginner’.
to begin with

at first

al principio
I didn’t like him to begin with, but now he’s one of my best friends.


para empezar, en primer lugar
There are many reasons why I don’t like her – to begin with, she’s always lying.

(Translation of “begin” from the PASSWORD English-Spanish Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)