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begin
British English: /bɪˈɡɪn/
American English: /bɪˈɡɪn/

Translation of begin in French:

also: to begin with adverb phrase

  • 3 (at all) I wish I hadn't told her to begin with
    pour commencer, je n'aurais jamais dû lui en parler

transitive verb p prés -nn- prét began pp begun

  • 1 (start)
    commencer (journey, list, meeting, job, game, meal) (with par, avec)
    se lancer dans (adventure)
    aller à (school)
    to begin to do
    commencer à faire
    it's beginning to rain
    il commence à pleuvoir
    to begin doing
    commencer à faire
    I began the letter (with) ‘Dear Sir’
    j'ai commencé la lettre par ‘Monsieur’
    ‘well …,’ she began
    ‘eh bien…,’ commença-t-elle
    I begin work next week
    je commence à travailler la semaine prochaine
    the builders begin work on Tuesday
    les ouvriers commencent les travaux mardi
    they began laughing ou to laugh again
    ils ont recommencé à rire
  • 3 (start out)
    débuter (career) (as comme)
    I began life as a farmer's son
    je suis fils de fermier
    we began married life in Scotland
    quand nous étions jeunes mariés nous habitions en Écosse
    this novel began life as a short story
    ce roman a d'abord vu le jour sous la forme d'une nouvelle
  • 4 (have slightest success) I can't begin to describe it
    il m'est impossible de le décrire
    I don't begin to understand I couldn't begin to imagine how he felt
    je ne pouvais vraiment pas imaginer ce qu'il éprouvait
  • 6 (come first in)
    marquer le commencement de (series, collection, festival)
    A begins the alphabet
    l'alphabet commence par A

intransitive verb p prés -nn- prét began pp begun

  • 1 (commence)
    (custom, meeting, play, problem, storm, term)
    commencer
    let's begin
    commençons
    to begin with to begin by doing a name beginning with C
    un nom qui commence par C
    the week beginning the 25th
    la semaine qui commence le 25
    to begin in 1995/in May
    commencer en 1995/en mai
    your problems have only just begun!
    tes problèmes ne font que commencer!
    to begin well/badly
    bien/mal commencer
    to begin again after the war began
    après le début de la guerre
    before the lecture begins
    avant le début de la conférence
  • 2 (have its starting point)
    (river)
    prendre sa source
    the road begins in York
    la route part de York
    where does the national park begin?
    où commence le parc national?

Phrasal verbs

begin on

begin on [something]
attaquer (cake, garden)

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