Translation of "begin" - English-Russian dictionary

begin

verb uk us /bɪˈɡɪn/ (present participle beginning, past tense began, past participle begun)
START TO DO [ I, T ]

A2 to start to do something

начинать
[ + doing sth ] Have they begun building the wall yet?
She began her career as a journalist on a local newspaper.
START TO HAPPEN [ I ]

A1 to start to happen

начинаться
What time does the film begin?
begin with sth

B1 to have something at the start

начинаться с чего-либо
Local phone numbers begin with 1223.
to begin with

B1 at the start of a situation

сначала
To begin with, the two girls got on well.

B2 used to give the first important reason for something

прежде всего
To begin with, we can't leave the children alone.

(Translation of “begin” from the Cambridge English–Russian Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)