Meaning of “to begin with” in the English Dictionary

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"to begin with" in British English

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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 Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"to begin with" in American English

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to begin with

first:

We had an awful time! To begin with, Cameron got sick on the first day.

(Definition of “to begin with” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)