Basic+ Word of the Day: begin

begin (verb) past tense: began

Begin means ‘to start.’

  • The football game begins at 1:00PM.
  • Ella began to feel sick after she ate the whole bag of candy.
  • You can begin work tomorrow.

Begin also means ‘to come into existence.’

  • The Industrial Revolution began in the 18th century.
  • Steve's company began in his garage.

Common uses

to begin with: in the first place. Example: “To begin with, your argument is not logical.”

Related words

beginning: the act of starting. Example: “The beginning of the movie shows the hero as a young man.”

In pop culture

Here is Taylor Swift singing “Begin Again.” What is she beginning again?

There are other meanings of begin.
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