- 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"
- 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"
- Begin to speak or say; "Now listen, friends," he began
- Begin to speak, understand, read, and write a language; "She began Russian at an early age"; "We started French in fourth grade"
- 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"
- Begin an event that is implied and limited by the nature or inherent function of the direct object; "begin a cigar"; "She started t