Meaning of begin

be•gin

Pronunciation: (bi-gin'), [key]
— v., be•gan, be•gun, be•gin•ning.
—v.i.
  1. to proceed to perform the first or earliest part of some action; commence; start: The story begins with their marriage.
  2. to come into existence; arise; originate: The custom began during the Civil War.
—v.t.
  1. to proceed to perform the first or earliest part of (some action): Begin the job tomorrow.
  2. to originate; be the originator of: civic leaders who began the reform movement.
  3. to succeed to the slightest extent in (fol. by an infinitive): The money won't even begin to cover expenses.

Be•gin

Pronunciation: (bā'gin), [key]
  1. 1913–92, Israeli political leader, born in Poland: prime minister 1977–83; Nobel peace prize 1978.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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