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Past tense of begin.


the past tense of begin



v. be•gan, be•gun, be•gin•ning. v.i.
1. to proceed to perform the first or earliest part of an action; start.
2. to come into existence; arise; originate: The custom began during the war.
3. to have a first part: The name begins with a C.
4. to proceed to perform the first or earliest part of: Begin the job tomorrow.
5. to originate; be the originator of: those who began the reform movement.
6. to succeed to the slightest extent in (fol. by an infinitive): The money won't begin to cover expenses.
[before 1000; Middle English beginnen, Old English beginnan]
syn: begin, commence, initiate, start (when followed by noun or gerund) refer to setting into motion or progress something that continues for some time. begin is the common term: to begin knitting a sweater. commence is a more formal word, often suggesting a more prolonged or elaborate beginning: to commence proceedings in court. initiate implies an active and often ingenious first act in a new field: to initiate a new procedure. start means to make a first move or to set out on a course of action: to start paving a street.


(ˈbeɪ gɪn)

Menachem, 1913–92, Israeli political leader, born in Poland: prime minister 1977–83; Nobel peace prize 1978.


(biˈgin) present participle beˈginning: past tense began (biˈgan) : past participle begun (biˈgan) verb
to come or bring, into being, to start. He began to talk; The meeting began early.
beˈginning noun
beˈginner noun
someone who is just learning how to do something. `Does he paint well?' `He's not bad for a beginner'.
to begin with
1. at first. I didn't like him to begin with, but now he's one of my best friends.
2. firstly. There are many reasons why I don't like her – to begin with, she doesn't tell the truth.
References in classic literature ?
I know I do--teaching those tiresome children nearly all day, when I'm longing to enjoy myself at home," began Meg, in the complaining tone again.
As he grew somewhat sleepy but was still conscious, figures began to appear before his eyes.
During the summer and fall Jurgis and Ona managed to pay her back the last penny they owed her, and so she began to have a bank account.
My mind got a start by and by, and began to consider the beginning of every subject which has ever been thought of; but it never went further than the beginning; it was touch and go; it fled from topic to topic with a frantic speed.
Everything was so nice that her pleasure began to crowd her anger out of her mind.
And immediately I began to prefer the dangers that I knew to those I knew not.
Here the Dormouse shook itself, and began singing in its sleep
My fellow-creatures, from whom I was thus separated, began to assume idyllic virtue and beauty in my memory.
One day passed, however, another and another; she did not come and I began to grow calmer.
I could see that Lilla began to suffer from nervousness, as on the first occasion; but she carried herself bravely.
The miser crept into the bush to find it; but directly he had got into the middle, his companion took up his fiddle and played away, and the miser began to dance and spring about, capering higher and higher in the air.
At Mitylene also, a dispute, which arose concerning a right of heritage, was the beginning of great evils, and a war with the Athenians, in which Paches took their city, for Timophanes, a man of fortune, leaving two daughters, Doxander, who was circumvented in procuring them in marriage for his two sons, began a sedition, and excited the Athenians to attack them, being the host of that state.