part of speech: verb

inflections: begins, beginning, began, begun

definition 1: to do the first step in a process; start.

  • If you have your test, you may begin.

synonyms: commence, start

definition 2: to come into being.

  • North of the equator, summer begins in June.

synonyms: commence, originate

antonyms: disappear, end, terminate

definition 3: to perform the first step of (something); start.

  • She began her story by introducing the main characters.

synonyms: commence, open, start

antonyms: cease, close, complete, conclude, end, finish, stop, terminate