US: /bɪˈɡɪn/
UK: /bɪɡˈɪn/

English Vietnamese dictionary

begin /bi'gin/
  • (bất qui tắc) động từ began/bi'gæn/; begun/bi'gʌn/
    • bắt đầu, mở đầu, khởi đầu
      • when did life begin on this earth?: sự sống bắt đầu trên trái đất này lúc nào?
    • bắt đầu nói
    • to begin at
      • bắt đầu từ
    • to begin at the beginning: bắt đầu từ lúc bắt đầu
    • to begon upon
      • bắt đầu làm (việc gì)
    • to begin with
      • trước hết là, đầu tiên là
    • to begin with let us make clear the difference between these two words: trước hết chúng ta hãy nói rõ sự khác nhau giữa hai từ này
    • to begin the world
      • (xem) world
    • well begun is half done
      • bắt đầu tốt là làm xong được một nửa công việc

Advanced English dictionary

1 to start doing sth; to do the first part of sth: [VN] We began work on the project in May. + I began (= started reading) this novel last month and I still haven't finished it. + He always begins his lessons with a warm-up exercise. + She began by thanking us all for coming. + He began his political career as a student (= when he was a student). + [V] Shall I begin? + Let's begin at page 9. + [V to inf] I began to feel dizzy. + At last the guests began to arrive. + She began to cry. + It was beginning to snow. + I was beginning to think you'd never come. + [V -ing] Everyone began talking at once. + When will you begin recruiting?
2 [V] to start to happen or exist, especially from a particular time: When does the concert begin? + Work on the new bridge is due to begin in September. + The evening began well.
3 ~ as sth [V] to be sth first, before becoming sth else: He began as an actor, before starting to direct films. + What began as a minor scuffle turned into a full-scale riot.
4 [V] to have sth as the first part or the point where sth starts: Use 'an' before words beginning with a vowel. + 'I'm thinking of a country in Asia.' 'What does it begin with (= what is the first letter)?' + Each chapter begins with a quotation. + Where does Europe end and Asia begin? + The path begins at Livingston village.
5 [V speech] to start speaking: 'Ladies and gentlemen,' he began, 'welcome to the Town Hall.'
6 to start or make sth start for the first time: [V] The school began in 1920, with only ten pupils. + [VN] He began a new magazine on post-war architecture.
7 [V to inf] not ~ to make no attempt to do sth or have no chance of doing sth: I can't begin to thank you enough. + He didn't even begin to understand my problem.
Idioms: to begin with
1 at first: I found it tiring to begin with but I soon got used to it. + We'll go slowly to begin with.
2 used to introduce the first point you want to make: 'What was it you didn't like?' 'Well, to begin with, our room was far too small.'
more at CHARITY
begin / start
There is not much difference in meaning between begin and start, though start is more common in spoken English: What time does the concert start/begin? + She started/began working here three months ago. Begin is often used when you are describing a series of events:
The story begins on the island of Corfu. Start, but not begin, can also mean 'to start a journey', 'to start something happening' or 'to start a machine working':
We'll need to start at 7.00. + Who do you think started the fire? + The car won't start.

You can use either an infinitive or a form with -ing after begin and start, with no difference in meaning: I didn't start worrying/to worry until she was 2 hours late.
After the forms beginning and starting, the -ing form of the verb is not normally used: It's starting/beginning to rain. + It's starting/beginning raining. see also COMMENCE

Thesaurus dictionary

1 start (out or off or in or on), initiate, enter on or upon, set out or about, set out on or upon, Rather formal commence:
We began the journey full of enthusiasm.
2 start (off), inaugurate, originate, open, launch, create, establish, found, set up; go into:
We began the company five years ago.
3 arise, start, originate, Rather formal commence:
The greatness of the Prussian monarchy begins with Frederick II. The paragraph begins in the middle of the page.

Collocation dictionary


(all over) again
Once it has finished, the video automatically begins again. We had to begin all over again.


be due to, be expected to, be scheduled to
The entertainment was due to begin at 8.30.
| be ready to | be about to, be going to
A new life was about to begin for him.


Let's begin by writing down a few ideas.
| with
We will begin with a brief discussion of the problems. Can you think of a word beginning with V?


begin at the beginning
Begin your story at the beginning, and carry on to the end.

Concise English dictionary

+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)
+take the first step or steps in carrying out an action
+have a beginning, in a temporal, spatial, or evaluative sense
+set in motion, cause to start
+begin to speak or say
+be the first item or point, constitute the beginning or start, come first in a series
+have a beginning, of a temporal event
+have a beginning characterized in some specified way
+begin an event that is implied and limited by the nature or inherent function of the direct object
+achieve or accomplish in the least degree, usually used in the negative
+begin to speak, understand, read, and write a language