begin

begin
bi'ɡin
present participle - beginning; verb
(to come or bring, into being, to start: He began to talk; The meeting began early.) empezar, comenzar
- beginner
- to begin with

begin vb empezar / comenzar
term begins next Monday el trimestre comienza el próximo lunes
it began to snow empezó a nevar
to begin with al principio
I didn't like the film to begin with al principio, no me gustaba la película
El pasado de begin es began y el participio pasado es begun; el gerundio se escribe beginning
begin
tr[bɪ'gɪn]
transitive verb (pt began tr[bɪ'gæn] , pp begun tr[bɪ'gʌn] , ger beginning)
1 empezar, comenzar
he began his job on Monday comenzó el trabajo el lunes
he began to feel ill empezó a sentirse mal
he began working when he was sixteen empezó a trabajar cuando tenía dieciséis años
intransitive verb
1 empezar, comenzar
the performance begins at nine la representación empieza a las nueve
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SMALLIDIOMATIC EXPRESSION/SMALL
beginning from a partir de
beginning from next week a partir de la semana que viene
not to begin to ... estar lejos de ...
he can't begin to compete with us está muy lejos de poder competir con nosotros
to begin by «+ -ing» empezar por + inf, empezar + ger
he began by asking them some questions empezó por hacerles algunas preguntas
to begin with (firstly) en primer lugar 2 (take as starting point) empezar con
we're going to begin with the alphabet empezaremos con el alfabeto
begin [bɪ'gɪn] v, -gan [-'gæn] ; -gun [-'gʌn] ; -ginning vt
: empezar, comenzar, iniciar
begin vi
1) start: empezar, comenzar, iniciarse
2) originate: nacer, originarse
3)
to begin with : en primer lugar, para empezar
begin (doing sth.)
expr.
comenzar (a hacer algo) v. (to do sth.)
expr.
empezar (a hacer algo) v.
v.
(§ p.,p.p.: began, begun) = abrir (Iniciar) v.
comenzar v.
empezar v.
entrar v.
iniciar v.
principiar v.
bɪ'gɪn
1.
(pres p beginning; past began; past p begun) transitive verb empezar*, comenzar*

to begin work on something — empezar* or comenzar* a trabajar en algo

to begin -ING/to + inf — empezar* or comenzar* a + inf

he began talking o to talk about his work — empezó a hablar sobre su trabajo

she began to cry — empezó or se puso a llorar

I can't begin to thank you — no sé cómo agradecerte

that won't even begin to cover the cost — eso no alcanza ni remotamente para cubrir los gastos


2.
vi
a) (start) empezar*, comenzar*, iniciarse (frml)

I don't know where to begin — no sé por dónde empezar or comenzar

the author begins by describing ... — el autor empieza por describir ...

to begin with — para empezar

b) (originate) \<\<river\>\> nacer*; \<\<custom\>\> originarse, empezar*
[bɪ'ɡɪn] (pt began) (pp begun)
1. VT
1) (=start) empezar, comenzar

to begin doing sth, begin to do sth — empezar a hacer algo

it's beginning to rain — está empezando a llover

he begins the day with a glass of orange juice — empieza el día con un zumo de naranja

I can't begin to thank you — no encuentro palabras para agradecerle

it doesn't begin to compare with ... — no puede ni compararse con ...

this skirt began life as an evening dress — esta falda empezó siendo un traje de noche

2) (=undertake) emprender; (=set in motion) iniciar; [+ discussion] entablar

I was foolish ever to begin it — hice mal en emprenderlo

2. VI
1) (=start) empezar, comenzar, iniciarse frm

the work will begin tomorrow — el trabajo empezará or comenzará mañana

the teacher began by writing on the board — el profesor empezó escribiendo en la pizarra

let me begin by saying ... — quiero comenzar diciendo ...

beginning from Monday — a partir del lunes

to begin on sth — emprender algo

to begin with sth — comenzar por or con algo

to begin with, I'd like to know ... — en primer lugar, quisiera saber ...

to begin with there were only two of us — al principio solo éramos dos

2) (=originate) [river] nacer; [rumour, custom] originarse
* * *
[bɪ'gɪn]
1.
(pres p beginning; past began; past p begun) transitive verb empezar*, comenzar*

to begin work on something — empezar* or comenzar* a trabajar en algo

to begin -ING/to + inf — empezar* or comenzar* a + inf

he began talking o to talk about his work — empezó a hablar sobre su trabajo

she began to cry — empezó or se puso a llorar

I can't begin to thank you — no sé cómo agradecerte

that won't even begin to cover the cost — eso no alcanza ni remotamente para cubrir los gastos


2.
vi
a) (start) empezar*, comenzar*, iniciarse (frml)

I don't know where to begin — no sé por dónde empezar or comenzar

the author begins by describing ... — el autor empieza por describir ...

to begin with — para empezar

b) (originate) \<\<river\>\> nacer*; \<\<custom\>\> originarse, empezar*

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