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present participle beginning past tense began past participle begun
American English: /bɪˈɡɪn/
British English: /bɪˈɡɪn/

Translation of begin in Spanish:

transitive verb

  • (meeting/journey/campaign)
    iniciar [formal]
    he begins the day with some exercises
    empieza or comienza el día con un poco de gimnasia
    how does one begin a letter of condolence?
    ¿cómo se empieza una carta de pésame?
    to begin work on something
    empezar or comenzar a trabajar en algo
    my early life was hard, he began
    —los primeros años de mi vida fueron duros —comenzó or empezó diciendo
    to begin -ing/to + infinitive
    empezar or comenzar a + infinitive
    it's beginning to rain
    está empezando a llover
    he began talking or to talk about his work
    empezó a hablar sobre su trabajo
    I'd begun to think you weren't coming
    ya estaba empezando a pensar que no vendrías
    the two novels don't begin to compare
    no hay ni punto de comparación entre las dos novelas
    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
    Example sentences
    • Back in Oxford, he sat on the City Council, and began his lifelong activity of prison visiting.
    • He was inspired to begin work on a book about it from an African point of view.
    • Diversification of the group's activities had also begun by then.
    Example sentences
    • Whether by accident or design, McKinven could be about to find that life begins at 40-or at least begins again.
    • What began as an industrial campaign turned into a campaign for land rights.
    • Their marker is brought back to the starting point and they begin once again.

intransitive verb

  • 1 (start) (year/meeting)
    iniciarse [formal]
    I don't know where to begin
    no sé por dónde empezar or comenzar
    the author begins by making his own position clear
    el autor empieza por aclarar cuál es su posición
    we began with very modest means
    empezamos con medios muy modestos
    to begin with they'll do to begin with
    estarán bien para empezar
    to begin with, he got the figures wrong
    para empezar or en primer lugar, se equivocó con las cifras
    let's begin at the beginning
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