begin · verb /bɪˈgɪn/Full view
Nouns: beginner, beginning
Verbs: begin
A1 I to start to happen
Dictionary examples:

What time does the concert begin?

The film they want to watch begins at seven.

Learner example:

I think the class began yesterday. (Key English Test; A2; Spanish)

begin (START TO DO)
A2 I or T to start to do something
Dictionary examples:

The children began to cry.

Have they begun building the new bridge yet?

Learner example:

We began to talk about music. (Preliminary English Test; B1; Italian)

begin with sth
B1 to have something at the start
Dictionary example:

The word "cat" begins with the letter "C."

to begin with
B1 at the start of a situation
Dictionary example:

To begin with, the two girls got on well.

Learner example:

It wasn't stunningly beautiful, but a bed and a bathroom is really all we need[ed] to begin with! (First Certificate in English; B2; Danish)

to begin with (GIVE REASON)
B2 used to give the first important reason for something
Dictionary example:

To begin with, we can't afford to move.

Learner example:

To begin with, it doesn't pollute and I think it's time we started thinking about [the] environment. (First Certificate in English; B2; Spanish)

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