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beginverb [I/T]

 us   /bɪˈɡɪn/ (present participle beginning, past tense began  /bɪˈɡæn/ , past participle begun  /bɪˈɡʌn/ )
to do or be the first ​part of something that ​continues; ​start: [T] He begins his new ​job on ​Monday. [I] The ​movie begins at seven. [I] I began by ​explaining why I had come.
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beginverb [I or T]

uk   /bɪˈɡɪn/  us   /bɪˈɡɪn/ (present participle beginning, past tense began, past participle begun)
A1 to ​start to ​happen or ​exist: What ​time does the ​concert begin? The ​bridge was begun five ​years ago and the ​estimatedcost has already ​doubled. The ​film they ​want to ​watch begins at seven. The ​meeting began promisingly, but then things ​started to go ​wrong.

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A2 to ​start to do something: I began the ​book six ​months ago, but I can't ​seem to ​finish it. [+ -ing verb] Jane has just begun ​learning to ​drive. If you ​want to ​learn to ​play a ​musicalinstrument, it might be a good ​idea to begin on something ​simple. [+ to infinitive] After ​waiting for ​half an ​hour she was beginning to get ​angry. I have so much to ​tell you, I don't ​know where to begin.

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