(Irregular preterit, past participle: began, begun).
1. To have a beginning, in a temporal, spatial, or evaluative sense; SYN. start.
2. To set in motion, cause to start; SYN. lead off, start, commence.
3. To take the first step or steps in carrying out an action; SYN. get, start out, start, set about, set out, commence.
4. To come first in a series;on.
5. To begin to speak or say; he began.
6. To achieve or accomplish in the least degree, usually used in the negative.