begin
verb (began; begun; beginning) Etymology: Middle English beginnen, from Old English beginnan; akin to Old High German biginnan to begin, Old English onginnan Date: before 12th century intransitive verb 1. to do the first part of an action ; go into the first part of a process ; start 2. a. to come into existence ; arise b. to have a starting point 3. to do or succeed in the least degree <
I can't begin to tell you how pleased I am
>
transitive verb 1. to set about the activity of ; start 2. a. to bring into being ; found b. originate, invent Synonyms: begin, commence, start, initiate, inaugurate, usher in mean to take the first step in a course, process, or operation. begin, start, and commence are often interchangeable. begin opposed to end, is the most general <
begin a trip
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<
began dancing
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. start opposed to stop, applies especially to first actions, steps, or stages <
the work started slowly
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. commence can be more formal or bookish than begin or start <
commence firing
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<
commenced a conversation
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. initiate implies taking a first step in a process or series that is to continue <
initiated diplomatic contacts
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. inaugurate suggests a beginning of some formality or notion of significance <
the discovery of penicillin inaugurated a new era in medicine
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. usher in is somewhat less weighty than inaugurate <
ushered in a period of economic decline
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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