Translation of "begin" - English-French dictionary


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

to come or bring, into being, to start

commencer (à)
He began to talk
The meeting began early.
beginning noun
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

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


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

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