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English definition of “begin”

begin

verb
 
 
/bɪˈɡɪn/ (present participle beginning, past tense began, past participle begun)
START TO DO [I, T] A2 to start to do something: [+ to do sth] The children began to cry. [+ doing sth] Have they begun building the wall yet? She began her career as a journalist on a local newspaper.Starting and beginningStarting again
START TO HAPPEN [I] A1 to start to happen: What time does the film begin? The war began at the end of August.Starting and beginningStarting again
begin with sth B1 to have something at the start: Local phone numbers begin with 1223.Starting and beginningStarting again
to begin with B1 at the start of a situation: To begin with, the two girls got on well.First and firstlyStarting and beginningStarting again B2 used to give the first important reason for something: To begin with, we can't leave the children alone.First and firstly
(Definition of begin from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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