take the first step or steps in carrying out an action: "We began working at dawn" have a beginning, in a temporal, spatial, or evaluative sense: "The DMZ begins right over the hill" set in motion, cause to start
- "begin a new chapter in your life"
- "The Iraquis began hostilities"
- "The second movement begins after the Allegro"
begin to speak or say
- "Now listen, friends, he began"