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Past participle of begin.
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the past participle of begin
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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.
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(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.
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References in classic literature ?
Seven flung down his brush, and had just begun `Well, of all the unjust things--' when his eye chanced to fall upon Alice, as she stood watching them, and he checked himself suddenly: the others looked round also, and all of them bowed low.
This time the usual staring manoeuvres had scarcely begun when I lost my temper and flew at him in a fury.
He was forty-five then and already he had begun the practice of filling his pock- ets with the scraps of paper that became hard balls and were thrown away.
Another custom begun at this time was that of the pitcher of water by the bedside to furnish relief to my scorched and sizzling membranes.
And here's what it come to, Jim, and it begun with chuck-farthen on the blessed grave-stones!
Literature had already begun to shake off its fetters of art.
And now that people had begun again to see the beauty of ballads, they were ready also to turn again to the simplicity of Metrical Romances.
He had begun to write this tale years before, but had put it aside as some of his friends did not think well of it.
To help you organize your shopping extravaganza, we've begun compiling a list of all major retailers like Walmart and Kmart running Black Friday sales along with store hours and start times for those sales.
However, USDA cannot demonstrate the effectiveness of its support for beginning farmers, because it has not developed a crosscutting, departmental strategic goal for its beginning farmer efforts and has only recently begun to analyze the characteristics of this group.
In these places, and in others where my firm has worked, leaders have begun to stop seeing their cities and counties as points on a globe.
TEI's letter grew out of a two-day meeting in May of the TEI-IRS Forms and Attachments Task Group, which had begun discussing the requirements electronically filing corporate tax returns for the 2006 tax return year.