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1. Begin, Menachem Begin (noun)

Israeli statesman (born in Russia) who (as prime minister of Israel) negotiated a peace treaty with Anwar Sadat (then the president of Egypt) (1913-1992).

    Synonyms: Menachem Begin

    2. Begin, commence, set out, start, start out, set about, get down, get (verb)

    take the first step or steps in carrying out an action.

    • We began working at dawn.
    • Who will start?.
    • Get working as soon as the sun rises!.
    • The first tourists began to arrive in Cambodia.
    • He began early in the day.
    • Let's get down to work now.
    Antonyms: terminate, end (verb)

    bring to an end or halt.


    recommence verb
    begin again.

    strike out verb
    set out on a course of action.

    Fall verb
    begin vigorously.

    jump off verb
    set off quickly, usually with success.

    get to verb
    arrive at the point of.

    auspicate verb
    commence in a manner calculated to bring good luck.

    attack verb
    set to work upon; turn one's energies vigorously to a task.

    break in verb
    start in a certain activity, enterprise, or role.

    launch, plunge verb
    begin with vigor.

    come on verb
    occur or become available.

    embark, enter verb
    set out on (an enterprise or subject of study).

    bestir oneself, get cracking, get moving, get rolling, get started, get weaving, get going verb
    start to be active.

    3. Begin, start (verb)

    have a beginning, in a temporal, spatial, or evaluative sense.

    • The DMZ begins right over the hill.
    • The second movement begins after the Allegro.
    • Prices for these homes start at $250,000.
    Synonyms: start
    Antonyms: end, cease, terminate, finish, stop (verb)

    have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense; either spatial or metaphorical.


    break out, erupt verb
    start abruptly.

    bud verb
    start to grow or develop.

    break out verb
    begin suddenly and sometimes violently.

    kick in, set in verb
    enter a particular state.

    dawn verb
    appear or develop.

    originate verb
    begin a trip at a certain point, as of a plane, train, bus, etc..

    4. commence, lead off, start, Begin (verb)

    set in motion, cause to start.

    • The U.S. started a war in the Middle East.
    • The Iraqis began hostilities.
    • begin a new chapter in your life.
    Synonyms: commence, lead off, start
    Antonyms: terminate, end (verb)

    bring to an end or halt.


    jump-start, jumpstart verb
    start or re-start vigorously.

    recommence verb
    cause to start anew.

    usher in, inaugurate, introduce verb
    be a precursor of.

    set off verb
    set in motion or cause to begin.

    embark on, start up, commence, start verb
    get off the ground.

    5. Begin (verb)

    begin to speak or say.

    • Now listen, friends,.

    mouth, speak, talk, verbalise, verbalize, utter verb
    express in speech.

    6. Begin (verb)

    be the first item or point, constitute the beginning or start, come first in a series.

    • The number `one' begins the sequence.
    • A terrible murder begins the novel.
    • The convocation ceremony officially begins the semester.

    7. Begin (verb)

    have a beginning, of a temporal event.

    • WW II began in 1939 when Hitler marched into Poland.
    • The company's Asia tour begins next month.

    Be verb
    have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun).

    8. Begin, start (verb)

    have a beginning characterized in some specified way.

    • The novel begins with a murder.
    • My property begins with the three maple trees.
    • Her day begins with a workout.
    • The semester begins with a convocation ceremony.
    Synonyms: start

    Be verb
    have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun).

    9. Begin, start (verb)

    begin an event that is implied and limited by the nature or inherent function of the direct object.

    • begin a cigar.
    • She started the soup while it was still hot.
    • We started physics in 10th grade.
    Synonyms: start

    act, move verb
    perform an action, or work out or perform (an action).

    10. Begin (verb)

    achieve or accomplish in the least degree, usually used in the negative.

    • This economic measure doesn't even begin to deal with the problem of inflation.
    • You cannot even begin to understand the problem we had to deal with during the war.

    achieve, attain, accomplish, reach verb
    to gain with effort.

    11. Begin (verb)

    begin to speak, understand, read, and write a language.

    • She began Russian at an early age.
    • We started French in fourth grade.
    Nearby Terms

    beginner (noun)
    someone new to a field or activity

    beginning (noun)
    the event consisting of the start of something

    beginning rhyme (noun)
    use of the same consonant at the beginning of each stressed syllable in a line of verse

    begonia (noun)
    any of numerous plants of the genus Begonia grown for their attractive glossy asymmetrical leaves and colorful flowers in usually terminal cymes or racemes

    Begonia cheimantha (noun)
    hybrid winter-blooming begonia grown for its many large pink flowers

    Begonia cocchinea (noun)
    South American fibrous-rooted begonias having prominent basal leaf lobes suggesting angels' wings and racemes of coral-red flowers

    Begonia dregei (noun)
    tuberous or semi-tuberous South African begonia having shallowly lobed ovate leaves and small white flowers

    Begonia erythrophylla (noun)
    rhizomatous begonia with roundish fleshy leaves reddish colored beneath

    begonia family (noun)
    monoecious succulent herbs or shrubs of tropical and warm regions especially America

    Begonia feastii (noun)
    rhizomatous begonia with roundish fleshy leaves reddish colored beneath

    Begonia heracleifolia (noun)
    rhizomatous begonia having leaves with pointed lobes suggestive of stars and pink flowers

    Begonia rex (noun)
    any of numerous usually rhizomatous hybrid begonias derived from an East Indian plant having rough-textured leaves patterned in silver and bronze and purple and red-brown with inconspicuous flowers

    Begonia semperflorens (noun)
    hybrid fibrous-rooted begonia having broad-ovate green to bronze-red leaves and small clusters of white or pink or red flowers; widely used as a bedding plant

    Begonia socotrana (noun)
    semi-tuberous begonia having peltate leaves and rose-pink flowers; Yemen

    Begonia tuberhybrida (noun)
    any of numerous hybrid begonias having tuberous roots and variously colored flowers