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English

Etymology

From Old English beginnan, from a Proto-Germanic root apparently meaning ‘open up’; for the sense development, consider English open fire, opening ceremony, etc.

Pronunciation

Verb

Infinitive
to begin

Third person singular
begins

Simple past
began

Past participle
begun

Present participle
beginning

to begin (third-person singular simple present begins, present participle beginning, simple past began, past participle begun)
  1. To start, to initiate or take the first step into something.

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Translations

References

  • "begin" at The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911.

begin” in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.


Dutch

Pronunciation

Noun

begin n. (no plural, diminutive beginnetje)

  1. start, beginning

Synonyms

Derived terms

Verb

begin

  1. First-person singular present of beginnen: start, begin.
  2. Imperative of beginnen: start, begin.

Volapük

Noun

Case Singular Plural
Nominative begin begins
Accusative begini beginis
Genitive begina beginas
Dative begine begines

begin

  1. beginning

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