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Synonyms of begin in English:


  • 1 we began work
    start, commence, set about, go about, embark on, launch into, get down to, take up;
    initiate, set in motion, institute, inaugurate, get ahead with
    informalget cracking on, get going on
    [Antonyms] cease
  • 2 he began by saying hello
    [Antonyms] finish, conclude
  • 3 when did the illness begin?
    appear, arise, become apparent, make an appearance, spring up, crop up, turn up, come into existence, come into being, originate, start, commence, develop
    literarycome to pass
    [Antonyms] disappear
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    incipient, embryonic beginning to happen or develop
    initial existing or occurring at the beginning

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