Definition of 'begin'
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Home celebrations began with the last few singles still out on the course. The Sun (2016)Yet the problems had only just begun. Times, Sunday Times (2016)This absolutely begins years or decades before symptoms appear. Times, Sunday Times (2016)You have to be entrenched in something to begin with. The Sun (2017)It began with a letter in the post. Times, Sunday Times (2017)The first series began with a certain amount of promise. Times, Sunday Times (2017)By the time construction began in 1993 the cracks in his marriage had become public knowledge. Times, Sunday Times (2016)On the pitch, things had begun to look bleak. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The last book begins and ends with reflections on mortality. The Times Literary Supplement (2008)Search for the best has only just begun. Times, Sunday Times (2006)The habit began at a time when her parents" marriage was under stress. Coping With Sudden Hair Loss (1988)This persecution complex began abruptly two years ago with a swoop on suspected insider traders. Times, Sunday Times (2012)These are the kinds of things that begin to surface. Christianity Today (2000)The place is beginning to fill up. Times, Sunday Times (2010)My advice is to begin with something that you really enjoy eating. Times, Sunday Times (2007)The officer began exchanging letters with her. Nemesis: The Battle for Japan, 194445 (2007)You cannot begin to imagine the depths of it. Times, Sunday Times (2007)The work was begun on the first day of winter. The Gods of Asgard (1989)But last year it began to edge up again. Times, Sunday Times (2009)He is beginning to realise just how serious the situation is. Times, Sunday Times (2011)People had learned to live with this constant disparity since they first began telling time. THE SCOTTISH ENLIGHTENMENT: The Scots' Invention of the Modern World (2002)Their relationship began some two years before they became lovers. Ford Madox Ford (1990)Surely good management begins with placing the right player in the right place. Times, Sunday Times (2010)City began to sense something concrete may be afoot. Times, Sunday Times (2012)The letters they exchanged began to take on a familiar pattern. AN UNLIKELY COUNTESS: Lily Budge and the 13th Earl of Galloway (2004)One can only begin to imagine the anguish being experienced by those involved. Times, Sunday Times (2014)And six wins from nine home games suggests a bright future has only just begun. The Sun (2013)The vulnerability of being alone for the first time in years began to sink in. Times, Sunday Times (2006)Britain will begin testing its first military laser gun on land within two years and at sea by the end of the decade. Times, Sunday Times (2015)Technical trials began last week in Cumbria. Times, Sunday Times (2007)
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Translations for 'begin'
British English: begin /bɪˈɡɪn/ VERB
If you begin to do something, you start to do it.
You can begin to write now.
- American English: begin
- Arabic: يَبْدَأُ
- Brazilian Portuguese: começar
- Chinese: 开始
- Croatian: početi
- Czech: začít
- Danish: begynde
- Dutch: beginnen
- European Spanish: empezar
- Finnish: alkaa
- French: commencer
- German: beginnen
- Greek: αρχίζω
- Italian: iniziare
- Japanese: 始める
- Korean: 시작하다
- Norwegian: begynne
- Polish: rozpocząć
- European Portuguese: começar
- Romanian: a începe
- Russian: начинать(ся)
- Spanish: empezar
- Swedish: börja
- Thai: เริ่ม
- Turkish: başlamak
- Ukrainian: починати
- Vietnamese: bắt đầu
Definition of begin from the Collins English Dictionary
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