Be*gin" (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Began (#), Begun (#); p. pr. & vb. n. Beginning (#).] [AS. beginnan (akin to OS. biginnan, D. & G. beginnen, OHG. biginnan, Goth., du-ginnan, Sw. begynna, Dan. begynde); pref. be- + an assumed ginnan. &root;31. See Gin to begin.]

1.

To have or commence an independent or first existence; to take rise; to commence.

Vast chain of being! which from God began. Pope.

2.

To do the first act or the first part of an action; to enter upon or commence something new, as a new form or state of being, or course of action; to take the first step; to start.

"Tears began to flow."

Dryden.

When I begin, I will also make an end. 1 Sam. iii. 12.

 

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Be*gin", v. t.

1.

To enter on; to commence.

Ye nymphs of Solyma ! begin the song. Pope.

2.

To trace or lay the foundation of; to make or place a beginning of.

The apostle begins our knowledge in the creatures, which leads us to the knowledge of God. Locke.

Syn. -- To commence; originate; set about; start.

 

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Be*gin", n.

Beginning.

[Poetic & Obs.]

Spenser.

 

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