Adjective "begin" definition and examples

(Begin may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/bɪˈɡɪn/

Definitions and examples

verb

Perform or undergo the first part of (an action or activity)
  1. with infinitive or present participle 'it was beginning to snow'
  2. 'He was so impressed with it that he began the process which has led to the opening of the first scheme in inner London.'
  3. 'It was in that town that his son Étienne was born, was brought up, and began his education.'
  4. 'He begins a business studies degree course at University of Limerick next week after being offered a place earlier this summer.'
  5. 'Don't forget to warm up and stretch properly before beginning any athletic activity.'
  6. 'He was inspired to begin work on a book about it from an African point of view.'
  7. 'Then she began her task to educate others on the battle against discrimination and AIDS.'
  8. 'As he watched the plane started its engines and began to travel down the concrete.'
  9. 'Back in Oxford, he sat on the City Council, and began his lifelong activity of prison visiting.'
  10. 'Leigh famously begins work on his projects with no script, no characters and no names, expecting the actors to pitch in on all of these in a collaborative workshop style.'
  11. 'He will have to prove himself again in his next role by continuing the innovative work begun by Danon.'
  12. 'a new era had begun'
  13. 'What began as a small, local competition evolved into an event of national importance.'
  14. 'Since it began as a cartoon in the 1920s, the story of Annie has touched hearts.'
  15. 'The fire has burned about 480 square miles since it began as two blazes last week.'
  16. 'What began as a steady walk by day's end was on the verge of turning into a run.'
  17. 'It began as a family day out at the seaside - but a mother and her children were swept to their deaths.'
  18. 'It began as a funerary tradition but today is associated with a celebration.'
  19. 'Regardless of the result this Sunday, Cyril Lyons has now stamped his own personality on this team and this county, and a new era has very definitely begun.'
  20. 'Their marker is brought back to the starting point and they begin once again.'
  21. 'What began as an academic issue may now be, literally, a matter of life and death.'
  22. 'The office has existed in England for at least 800 years, and began as a sort of secretaryship to the King.'
  23. 'He began as a hairy hippie banjo player who took great delight at poking fun at his fellow Scots.'
  24. 'Like Warhol, he began as a commercial artist and his art has its roots in advertising.'
  25. 'He began as senior writer and was promoted a year later to associate editor and associate publisher.'
  26. 'Musically, he began as a boy soprano and his music teacher took him to village halls to perform.'
  27. 'Well, fate had decided for him that he provide cheers to people for he had begun as a villain in his early days.'
  28. 'That's a lot of honour for someone who began as an outspoken lawyer in Dublin.'
  29. 'I began as the Agent for Wigan where I learned a great deal which stood me in good stead later at Knutsford.'
  30. 'words beginning with a vowel'
  31. 'They've lost the record for everyone whose surname begins with an M.'
  32. 'Children's names beginning with V.'
  33. 'Witnesses to the accident said the Peugeot 206 has a registration number beginning with J654.'
  34. 'Each chapter begins with a list of symptoms that need investigation by a doctor.'
  35. 'Picasso began on a great canvas'
  36. 'Work also begins on extending the beers, wines and spirits aisles.'
  37. 'Work begins on setting the festive scene a month before Christmas, ensuring her display is in place in good time.'
  38. 'The organisation has been investigating the site before work begins on a council project to restore it.'
  39. 'Work begins on putting in place new traffic signals at the junction of Bank Street and Folds Road on January 20.'
  40. 'Some touch ups are still needed inside, and when the weather changes, the work begins on the outside.'
  41. 'Work begins on the project in October this year and is expected to be completed by July next year.'
  42. 'Exodus begins on the steadily diminishing island of Wing, bombarded by seas given velocity by global warming.'
  43. 'rooms begin at £139'
  44. 'Prices begin at £664 per person, with flights departing on March 1.'
  45. 'In terms of cost, Clements assesses each job separately, with prices beginning at €200.'
Not have any chance or likelihood of doing a specified thing.
  1. 'Ada could not even begin to comprehend what Adam had been thinking.'
  2. 'Just my two cents on a religion I don't even begin to comprehend.'
  3. 'He concluded by saying that we couldn't even begin to comprehend what one day in his shoes would be like.'
  4. 'Clearly this too is an honour that most of you have little chance of even beginning to aspire to.'
  5. 'I looked at her blankly, for I could not even begin to plead with her to comprehend.'
  6. 'Tubes for breathing, food, water and things they couldn't even begin to comprehend.'
  7. 'All of it reeked of animosity, belligerence, and things the pixies could not even begin to comprehend.'
  8. 'Murray cannot begin to comprehend that some people might find the Landlord funny because they agree with what he says.'
  9. 'In fact, not even Jess couldn't even begin to comprehend what was in store for him.'

More definitions

1. to proceed to perform the first or earliest part of some action; commence; start: The story begins with their marriage.

2. to come into existence; arise; originate: The custom began during the Civil War. verb (used with object), began, begun, beginning.

3. to proceed to perform the first or earliest part of (some action): Begin the job tomorrow.

4. to originate; be the originator of: civic leaders who began the reform movement.

More examples(as adjective)

"productions can be begin in/at/on centuries."

"trials can be begin in dates."

"seasons can be begin in places."

"rounds can be begin in places."

"rounds can be begin after lapses."

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Origin

Old English beginnan, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch and German beginnen.

Phrase

to begin with