W1S1 [bıˈgın] v past tense began [-ˈgæn] past participle begun [-ˈgʌn] present participle beginning
1¦(start doing something)¦
2¦(start happening)¦
3¦(do first)¦
4¦(book/word etc)¦
6 to begin with
7 can't begin to understand/imagine etc
Phrasal verbs
 begin (something) as something
[: Old English; Origin: beginnan]
to start doing something
As everybody's here, let's begin.
In the third year students begin the study of classical Chinese.
The President begins talks with the Prime Minister tonight.
begin to do sth
She began to feel a sense of panic.
I began to wonder if I'd ever be able to afford my own apartment.
begin doing sth
I began teaching in 1984.
2.) ¦(START HAPPENING)¦ [I and T]
if something begins, or you begin something, it starts to happen or exist from a particular time
It was the coldest winter since records began.
They began a system of blood tests for employees.
begin at
The meeting begins at 10.30 am.
3.) ¦(DO FIRST)¦
if you begin with something or begin by doing something, this is the first thing you do
begin with
Shall we begin with a prayer?
begin by doing sth
I'll begin by thanking you all for being here tonight.
4.) ¦(BOOK/WORD ETC)¦ [I]
if a book, film, or word begins with something, it starts with a particular event or letter
begin with
'Psychosis' begins with a P.
5.) ¦(SPEECH)¦ [I and T]
to start speaking
'Ladies and gentlemen,' he began. ' I am delighted to be here.'
6.) to begin with
a) [i]spoken used to introduce the first and most important point you want to make
Well, to begin with, he shouldn't even have been driving my car.
b) used to say that something was already in a particular condition before something else happened
I didn't break it! It was like that to begin with.
c) during the first part of a process or activity
The kids helped me to begin with, but they soon got bored.
7.) can't begin to understand/imagine etc
spoken used to emphasize how difficult something is to understand etc
I can't begin to imagine how awful it must have been.
begin () as [begin (sth) as sth] phr v
to be a particular thing at the start of your existence, working life etc
Roger began his career as an office boy.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.


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