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He began shouting at them.
Suddenly the rain began to fall.
The buds were just beginning to open.
Now we were beginning to feel excited.
I was beginning to wonder if I’d ever find you!
Their truck began the steep descent to the village.
The police have already begun their investigation.
He began his working life as a waiter.
I’d like to begin by thanking you all for coming.
We began the meeting with a discussion about the budget.
I began the book with high hopes.
My troubles began the night I met Roger.
The ceremony is due to begin at noon.
She felt her life was just beginning.
It began as a practical joke.
We usually use “an” before a word beginning with a vowel.
All meals begin with a short prayer.
The competition began with one of the teams being disqualified.
I can’t even begin to imagine what it’s like for him, bringing up three kids on his own.
It all began on one stormy night in May 1998.
This is the American English definition of begin. View British English definition of begin.