Be·gin, n. Beginning. [Poetic & Obs.]
Be·gin v. i. [imp. & p. p. Began Begun p. pr. & vb. n. Beginning ]
1. To have or commence an independent or first existence; to take rise; to commence.
Vast chain of being! which from God began. --Pope.
2. To do the first act or the first part of an action; to enter upon or commence something new, as a new form or state of being, or course of action; to take the first step; to start. “Tears began to flow.”
When I begin, I will also make an end. --1 Sam. iii. 12.
Be·gin, v. t.
1. To enter on; to commence.
Ye nymphs of Solyma ! begin the song. --Pope.
2. To trace or lay the foundation of; to make or place a beginning of.
The apostle begins our knowledge in the creatures, which leads us to the knowledge of God. --Locke.
Syn: -- To commence; originate; set about; start.
n : Israeli statesman (born in Russia) who (as prime minister of
Israel) negotiated a peace treaty with Anwar Sadat (then
the president of Egypt) (1913-1992) [syn: Menachem Begin]
v 1: take the first step or steps in carrying out an action; "We
began working at dawn"; "Who will start?"; "Get working
as soon as the sun rises!"; "The first tourists began to
arrive in Cambodia"; "He began early in the day"; "Let's
get down to work now" [syn: get down, get, start
out, start, set about, set out, commence] [ant:
2: have a beginning, in a temporal, spatial, or evaluative
sense; "The DMZ begins right over the hill"; "The second
movement begins after the Allegro"; "Prices for these
homes start at $250,000" [syn: start] [ant: end]
3: set in motion, cause to start; "The U.S. started a war in
the Middle East"; "The Iraqis began hostilities"; "begin a
new chapter in your life" [syn: lead off, start, commence]
4: begin to speak or say; "Now listen, friends," he began
5: be the first item or point, constitute the beginning or
start, come first in a series; "The number 'one' begins
the sequence"; "A terrible murder begins the novel"; "The
convocation ceremoney officially begins the semester"
6: have a beginning, of a temporal event; "WWII began in 1939
when Hitler marched into Poland"; "The company's Asia tour
begins next month"
7: have a beginning characterized in some specified way; "The
novel begins with a murder"; "My property begins with the
three maple trees"; "Her day begins with a work-out"; "The
semester begins with a convocation ceremony" [syn: start]
8: begin an event that is implied and limited by the nature or
inherent function of the direct object; "begin a cigar";
"She started the soup while it was still hot"; "We started
physics in 10th grade" [syn: start]
9: achieve or accomplish in the least degree, usually used in
the negative; "This economic measure doesn't even begin to
deal with the problem of inflation"; "You cannot even
begin to understand the problem we had to deal with during
10: begin to speak, understand, read, and write a language; "She
began Russian at an early age"; "We started French in