Begin

Definitions

  • The Best Beginning
    The Best Beginning
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v begin 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"
    • v begin 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"
    • v begin begin to speak or say "Now listen, friends," he began"
    • v begin begin to speak, understand, read, and write a language "She began Russian at an early age","We started French in fourth grade"
    • v begin 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"
    • v begin 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"
    • v begin 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"
    • v begin 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 workout","The semester begins with a convocation ceremony"
    • v begin 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"
    • v begin 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 ceremony officially begins the semester"
    • n Begin 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)
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Si's Load Begins to Get Heavy 023 Si's Load Begins to Get Heavy 023
The Trouble Begins 059 The Trouble Begins 059
BEGINNING THE TRAINING BEGINNING THE TRAINING
That is an end of you,' she said. But she was wrong, for it was only the beginning That is an end of you,' she said. But she was wrong, for it was only the beginning

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Celery has negative calories. It takes more calories to eat a piece of celery than the celery has in it to begin with.
    • n Begin Beginning.
    • Begin 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."
    • Begin To enter on; to commence. "Ye nymphs of Solyma ! begin the song."
    • Begin To have or commence an independent or first existence; to take rise; to commence. "Vast chain of being! which from God began ."
    • Begin 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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In 1516, Friar Tomas sailed to the Caribbean bringing banana roots with him; and planted bananas in the rich, fertile soil of the tropics, thus beginning the banana's future in American life.
    • begin To take the first step in; set about the performance or accomplishment of; enter upon; commence.
    • begin To originate; be the originator of: as, to begin a dynasty.
    • begin To trace from anything as the first ground; date the beginning of.
    • begin Synonyms To set about, institute, undertake, originate, initiate.
    • begin To come into existence; arise; originate: as, the present German empire began with William I.
    • begin To take a first step; commence in any course or operation; make a start or commencement.
    • begin At the outset; as the first thing to be considered; first of all: as, to begin with, I do not like its color.
    • n begin A beginning.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Roasted coffee beans start to lose small amounts of flavor within two weeks. Ground coffee begins to lose its flavor in one hour. Brewed coffee and espresso begins to lose flavor within minutes.
    • v.i Begin be-gin′ to take rise: to enter on something new: to commence
    • v.t Begin to enter on: to commence (with at, with, upon):—pr.p. begin′ning; pa.t. began′; pa.p. begun′
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Quotations

  • Amelia E. Barr
    Amelia E. Barr
    “With renunciation life begins.”
  • Jane Fonda
    Jane Fonda
    “A good many dramatic situations begin with screaming.”
  • Richard L. Evans
    Richard L. Evans
    “Everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was.”
  • Horace
    Horace
    “He has half the deed done who has made a beginning”
  • American Proverb
    American Proverb
    “From small beginnings come great things.”
  • Chinese Proverb
    Chinese Proverb
    “The journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.”

Idioms

Charity begins at home - This idiom means that family members are more important than anyone else, and should be the focus of a person's efforts.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. beginnan,akin to OS. biginnan, D. & G. beginnen, OHG. biginnan, Goth., du-ginnan, Sw. begynna, Dan. begynde,); pref. be-, + an assumed ginnan,. √31. See Gin to begin

Usage

In literature:

Begin at the beginning, when it first cries, find out why it is crying.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Vol 2 (of 4)" by W. Grant Hague
But as soon as they begin to speak we begin to correct their speech.
"Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 10" by Charles Herbert Sylvester
And three days after, the play begins again.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
She looks, at times, as if she had lost all that she cared for, and had not the heart to begin again.
"Allison Bain" by Margaret Murray Robertson
It is making the right beginning that counts.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Vol. 3 (of 4)" by W. Grant Hague
So the girl beginning work in a factory is really learning as she did at school although now she is getting wages.
"The Canadian Girl at Work" by Marjory MacMurchy
Say we made up our minds to go and look for it, starting from here, are we to begin north, south, or east?
"The Peril Finders" by George Manville Fenn
Happiness could not come of such a beginning.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
Many years were to pass first, but he was beginning already to make the trial.
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
There is a fine opening for you, I am sure, with a good beginning; but the importance of a good beginning is very great.
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens
Suppose we begin at the atoms of fluids such as enter to construct animal or vegetable forms, and pen up till decomposition begins.
"Philosophy of Osteopathy" by Andrew T. Still
But while in this world we scarcely make a beginning, yet everything depends on the character of that beginning.
"Autobiography of Frank G. Allen, Minister of the Gospel" by Frank G. Allen
After the lead the story would begin at the beginning and tell the affair briefly by high spots in their proper order.
"Newspaper Reporting and Correspondence" by Grant Milnor Hyde
He had gathered from Mrs. Eldred that her conversation (if you could call it conversation) was the foredoomed beginning of his day.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
The Introduction being concluded, the story of Telemachus begins, and continues till the Fifth Book.
"Homer's Odyssey" by Denton J. Snider
Otherwise, the wheels of the "Greater Fortune," of which the constellation is ascending when Dante's dream begins.
"The Crown of Wild Olive" by John Ruskin
I am very anxious to begin.
"Conversations on Chemistry, V. 1-2" by Jane Marcet
In other cases the beginning can not be accurately determined, as the beginning symptoms of the disease are so slight as to escape notice.
"Prof. Koch's Method to Cure Tuberculosis Popularly Treated" by Max Birnbaum
Well, if ice difficulties were to begin so soon, it would be a bad lookout indeed.
"Farthest North" by Fridtjof Nansen
He went back to Edinburgh in the beginning of September full of new hope and heart.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 23 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
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In poetry:

Who is fain to begin
To build day by day
To raise up his house
Of the moist yellow clay?
"The Furrow And The Hearth" by Padraic Colum
Ornamental clouds
compose an evening love song;
a road leaves evasively.
The new moon begins
"Evening Love Song" by Rainer Maria Rilke
For in the time we know not of
Did fate begin
Weaving the web of days that wove
Your doom, Faustine.
"Faustine" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
O city of the Lord! begin
The universal song:
And let the scatter'd villages
The joyful notes prolong.
"Hymn VI. Behold! th' Ambassador Divine" by John Logan
"For I begin to think 'tis true,
Whatever else we be,
That while I'm virtually you
You're practically me.
"Another Fusion" by C J Dennis
The weather (in the past
Emphatically bitter),
Seems to have changed at last.
The birds begin to twitter.
"A Pastoral" by P G Wodehouse

In news:

The monthly family music and arts worship event will begin with a 5:30 pm pot-luck dinner, with the service beginning at 6:15 p.m.
The weekly family music and arts worship events will begin with a 5:30 pm dinner, with the service beginning at 6 p.m.
The weekly family music and arts worship event will begin with a 5:30 pm dinner, with the service beginning at 6 p.m.
The weekly family music and arts worship events will begin with a 5:30 pm dinner, with the service beginning at 6 pm.
As you begin your third month, your baby is beginning to move around.
Let us begin at the beginning, at an event without which Diego de la Vega would not have been born.
The lighting ceremony will begin at 6pm however if the weather permits horse and carriage rides will begin at 5 pm and run until 7pm.
National Farmers Union (NFU) and Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) are encouraging individuals who are contemplating beginning a career in farming or ranching to apply for the Beginning Farmer Institute.
The dog park had been scheduled to close for maintenance three days a week beginning in November and four days a week beginning in January.
Elk hunters are reminded that they may see tribal deer hunters in the field during elk seasons which begin this Saturday when Cascade elk season begins.
Press Release 15th Annual New Beginnings Art Show Slated for September 10-12 This year marks the 15th anniversary of the New Beginnings Art Show, sponsored by Angel 's Garden and benefitting.
Major appliances will be making way for more couches and dining room sets as department store giant Boscov's will begin phasing out video and household appliances beginning on Thanksgiving.
Major appliances will be making way for more couches and dining room sets as the department store giant, Boscov's, will begin phasing out of the video and household appliance business beginning this Thanksgiving.
Callers in southern, central and eastern Oregon can begin dialing 10 digits starting Sunday as the state begins phasing in a new area code , 458.
Mesalands Community College to begin search for new president beginning in the new year.
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In science:

As we set at the beginning of the introduction, the kernels a(t), are assumed to be piecewise continuous, differentiable at the origin, scalar-valued functions on (0, ∞).
Front motion for phase transitions in systems with memory
Recall that geometric quantization begins with a symplectic manifold (M , ω ) such that 1 π [ω ] ∈ H 2(M , Z).
Universality and scaling of zeros on symplectic manifolds
We begin with some notation and basic properties of sections of holomorphic line bundles, their zero sets, and Szeg¨o kernels.
Universality and scaling of zeros on symplectic manifolds
The proof of part a) is rather straightforward and quite similar to the one given at the beginning of §2 in [So3] (see formulas (2.1)-(2.7) from the reference).
Determinantal random point fields
We continue to use the notation set at the beginning of Section 7.
On the existence of absolutely simple abelian varieties of a given dimension over an arbitrary field
Let k = kn,ǫ and m = mn,ǫ be as at the beginning of Section 7, so that m is the product of the first k prime numbers.
On the existence of absolutely simple abelian varieties of a given dimension over an arbitrary field
Its usual form is V (t) = N (t)/P opmax, where N (t) is the total population at the beginning of time step t and P opmax is a parameter.
Random deaths in a computational model for age-structured populations
It is usual to compute the total population at the beginning of a time step.
Random deaths in a computational model for age-structured populations
This begins at certain values of the dimensionless Reynolds number: R  v ca/  v ca/, where:  is liquid density; v c is characteristic (average) flow velocity;   / is kinematic viscosity of liquid.
Hierarchic Models of Turbulence, Superfluidity and Superconductivity
We begin with some general notions concerning the presentation given above for the group H (Γ).
The solution to a conjecture of Tits on the subgroup generated by the squares of the generators of an Artin group
To begin we follow Kung [Kun] in defining a cycle index for GL(n, q).
Random matrix theory over finite fields: a survey
We begin with a preliminary result that is essentially just a combination of Theorems 2.1 and 2.2 of , in the case of random diagonal matrices.
Invariant subspaces of Voiculescu's circular operator
Let us begin with the case of continuoustime description.
Spectra of Random Contractions and Scattering Theory for Discrete-Time Systems
If the integrals over R+ are deformed into integrals over a curve Γ in the lower complex half plane, and if V11 and V1k are small, we can use the perturbation method of the beginning of this section.
Perturbative method for generalized spectral decompositions
Our story begins with a theorem of Gromov, proved in 1980.
Problems on the geometry of finitely generated solvable groups
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