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begin/bɪˈgɪn/verb
beginsbegan/-ˈgæn//bɪˈgæn/begun/-ˈgʌn//bɪˈgʌn/beginning
begin
/bɪˈgɪn/
verb
beginsbegan/-ˈgæn//bɪˈgæn/begun/-ˈgʌn//bɪˈgʌn/beginning
Learner's definition of BEGIN  
: to do the first part of an action : to start doing something
[+ object]
[no object]
   b  [+ object]  : to start to work on, produce, or give attention to (something)
   c  [+ object]  : to cause (something) to start
   d  [+ object]  : to start to have a feeling, thought, etc. — usually followed by to + verb — sometimes + -ing verb
: to start to happen, to exist, to be done, etc.
[no object]
[+ object]
— followed by to + verb
[no object] 
: to have a particular starting point : to start at a specified place or in a specified way
   b  : to have a specified quality, identity, job, etc., at the start + as
[+ object]  : to start speaking by saying (something)
— used in an exaggerated way to say that something is not possible

to begin with

: as the first thing to be thought about or considered
: at the start : before the current time or situation
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