begin

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/bɪˈgɪn/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/bɪˈgɪn/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(bi gin)


Inflections of 'begin' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
begins
v 3rd person singular
beginning
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
began
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
begun
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."
WordReference English Collocations © 2020

begin

Most examples are given in US English. We have labeled exceptions as UK.
v
  1. begin to [see, understand]
  2. begin to feel [threatened, depressed, joy]
  3. I'm beginning to get [annoyed, anxious, tired]
  4. began to [wonder, think, cry]
  5. begin to make [amends, a difference, progress]
  6. began [crying, walking, playing]
  7. begin working [on, at]
  8. begin at [noon, 3:00, sunrise]
  9. begin in [December]
  10. begin on [Monday]
  11. begin by [saying, looking, asking, considering]
  12. (let me) begin by [saying, thanking]
  13. don't know where to begin
  14. [ready, scheduled] to begin
  15. before we (can) begin
  16. a new [day, chapter] begins
  17. the [movie, story, book] begins with
  18. begins with [a vowel, a consonant, an "S"]
  19. [a word, something] beginning with ["G", a vowel]
  20. [the title, her surname, it] begins with [a vowel]
  21. begin [development, work] on
  22. [work] has begun (on)
  23. begin a [discussion, investigation]
  24. begin your [career, research, studies]
  25. begin something new
  26. life begins at 40
  27. it's beginning to look [like, a lot like, as though]
  28. begin (all over) again
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