begin

To begin is to start. When it begins to snow, every flake looks pretty, drifting gently down from the dark sky.

When you begin something, you go ahead with its first part or stage — you can begin the day with a good attitude, or begin a very long book over and over again, always falling asleep before you get to chapter two. You also might begin a journey by lacing up your hiking boots. Things also begin when they have a specific element as a first part, as when a word begins with the letter T.

Definitions of begin
  1. verb
    set in motion, cause to start
    begin a new chapter in your life”
    synonyms: commence, lead off, start
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    end, terminate
    bring to an end or halt
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    jump-start, jumpstart
    start or re-start vigorously
    recommence
    cause to start anew
    inaugurate, introduce, usher in
    be a precursor of
    set off
    set in motion or cause to begin
    commence, embark on, start, start up
    get off the ground
    inaugurate, kick off
    commence officially
    open
    begin or set in action, of meetings, speeches, recitals, etc.
  2. verb
    be the first item or point, constitute the beginning or start, come first in a series
    “The number `one' begins the sequence”
    “The convocation ceremony officially begins the semester”
    Synonyms:
    start
    have a beginning characterized in some specified way
  3. verb
    take the first step or steps in carrying out an action
    “We began working at dawn”
    “The first tourists began to arrive in Cambodia”
    “He began early in the day”
    synonyms: commence, get, get down, set about, set out, start, start out
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    Antonyms:
    end, terminate
    bring to an end or halt
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    recommence
    begin again
    strike out
    set out on a course of action
    fall
    begin vigorously
    jump off
    set off quickly, usually with success
    get to
    arrive at the point of
    auspicate
    commence in a manner calculated to bring good luck
    attack
    set to work upon; turn one's energies vigorously to a task
    break in
    start in a certain activity, enterprise, or role
    launch, plunge
    begin with vigor
    come on
    occur or become available
    embark, enter
    set out on (an enterprise or subject of study)
    bestir oneself, get cracking, get going, get moving, get rolling, get started, get weaving
    start to be active
    take up
    pursue or resume
  4. verb
    have a beginning characterized in some specified way
    “My property begins with the three maple trees”
    “Her day begins with a workout”
    “The semester begins with a convocation ceremony”
    synonyms: start
    start
    begin an event that is implied and limited by the nature or inherent function of the direct object
    start
    have a beginning, in a temporal, spatial, or evaluative sense
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    be
    have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
  5. verb
    have a beginning, in a temporal, spatial, or evaluative sense
    “The DMZ begins right over the hill”
    “The second movement begins after the Allegro”
    synonyms: start
    start
    have a beginning characterized in some specified way
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    cease, end, finish, stop, terminate
    have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense; either spatial or metaphorical
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    break out, erupt
    start abruptly
    bud
    start to grow or develop
    break out
    begin suddenly and sometimes violently
    kick in, set in
    enter a particular state
    dawn
    appear or develop
    originate
    begin a trip at a certain point, as of a plane, train, bus, etc.
  6. verb
    have a beginning, of a temporal event
    “WW II began in 1939 when Hitler marched into Poland”
    “The company's Asia tour begins next month”
    Synonyms:
    commence, lead off, start
    set in motion, cause to start
    start
    have a beginning, in a temporal, spatial, or evaluative sense
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    be
    have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
  7. verb
    begin an event that is implied and limited by the nature or inherent function of the direct object
    synonyms: start
    start
    have a beginning characterized in some specified way
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    act, move
    perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)
  8. verb
    begin to speak, understand, read, and write a language
    “She began Russian at an early age”
    Synonyms:
    commence, get, get down, set about, set out, start, start out
    take the first step or steps in carrying out an action
  9. verb
    begin to speak or say
    “"Now listen, friends," he began
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    mouth, speak, talk, utter, verbalise, verbalize
    express in speech
  10. verb
    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 the war”
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    accomplish, achieve, attain, reach
    gain with effort
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