Definition of BEGUN

verb : BEGUN

Source: WordNet 3.1

  • 2. (

    ) 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" ;

  • 3. (

    ) 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" ;

  • 4. (

    ) begin to speak or say; "`Now listen, friends', he began" ;

  • 5. (

    ) 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" ;

  • 6. (

    ) 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" ;

  • 7. (

    ) 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" ;

  • 8. (

    ) 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" ;

  • 9. (

    ) 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" ;

  • 10. (

    ) begin to speak, understand, read, and write a language; "She began Russian at an early age"; "We started French in fourth grade" ;


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