began began  /bɪ ˈɡæn/

Definition(s):

  1. (n) 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)
  2. (v) take the first step or steps in carrying out an action
  3. (v) have a beginning, in a temporal, spatial, or evaluative sense
  4. (v) set in motion, cause to start
  5. (v) begin to speak or say
  6. (v) be the first item or point, constitute the beginning or start, come first in a series
  7. (v) have a beginning, of a temporal event
  8. (v) have a beginning characterized in some specified way
  9. (v) begin an event that is implied and limited by the nature or inherent function of the direct object
  10. (v) achieve or accomplish in the least degree, usually used in the negative
  11. (v) begin to speak, understand, read, and write a language

Antonyms(s)

end

Derived Word(s)

Usage(s):

  1. About 2 million years ago, the earth's climate began to undergo drastic changes.
  2. As public interest in the moon program faded and Congress chopped away at NASA's budget, however, the space agency began having second thoughts.
  3. Soon, King's life and legacy began to take shape in a public sphere, while at home four children would soon enter the their household.

News

  1. Today's Economist: How the Revival of Postwar Germany Began

    Germany’s economic recovery began 65 years ago this week when a strong-willed economist laid out the path forward and the United States, Britain and France followed it.        
    on June 18, 2013     Source: New York Times

  2. How the Revival of Postwar Germany Began

    Germany's economic recovery began 65 years ago this week when a strong-willed economist laid out the path forward and the United States, Britain and France followed it, an economist writes.
    on June 18, 2013     Source: New York Times

  3. Groundwork for arming Syrian rebels began before Obama’s announcement

    The U.S. military began laying the groundwork to arm and support Syrian rebels more than a week ago, using a military exercise currently being held in Jordan as a cover for bringing in personnel and equipment.
    on June 18, 2013     Source: Stars and Stripes

Quotes

  1. "The basis for a solution is clear -- an end to the occupation that began in 1967, the creation of an independent and viable Palestinian state :, and a just, lasting and comprehensive peace in the region," Ban said.
    on Mar 28, 2007 By: President Bush Source: PRESS TV

  2. "From the moment this disaster began, the federal government has been in charge of the response effort," Obama said. "BP is operating at our direction."
    on May 27, 2010 By: Barack Obama Source: FOXNews

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