BEGIN', v.i. pret. began; pp. begun. [L.genero,gigno; Heb.to make ready, to adapt,prepare, establish.]1. To have an original or first existence; to take rise; to commence. As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, who have been since the world began. Luke 1. Judgment must begin at the house of God. 1 Pet.4. From Nimrod first the savage race began. And tears began to flow.2. To do the first act; to enter upon something new; to take the first step; as, begin, my muse. Begin every day to repent. When I begin, I will also make an end. 1 Sam.3.
BEGIN'v.t. To do the first act of any thing; to enter on; to commence. Ye nymphs of Solyma, begin the song. And this they begin to do. Gen.11.2. To trace from any thing, as the first ground; to lay the foundation. The apostle begins our knowledge in the creatures, which leads us to the knowledge of God.
To begin with, to enter upon first; to use or employ first; as, to begin with the Latin Grammar; to begin business with a small capital.