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begun to surface
▪ Rumors about the killings have begun to surface in the press.
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Begin \Be*gin"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Began, Begun; p. pr. & vb. n. Beginning.] [AS. beginnan (akin to OS. biginnan, D. & G. beginnen, OHG. biginnan, Goth., du-ginnan, Sw. begynna, Dan. begynde); pref. be- + an assumed ginnan. [root]3

  1. See Gin to begin.] 1. To have or commence an independent or first existence; to take rise; to commence.

    Vast chain of being! which from God began.

  2. To do the first act or the first part of an action; to enter upon or commence something new, as a new form or state of being, or course of action; to take the first step; to start. ``Tears began to flow.''

    When I begin, I will also make an end.
    --1 Sam. iii. 12.


Begun \Be*gun"\, p. p. of Begin.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

past participle of begin.


vb. 1 (past participle of begin English) 2 (context obsolete English) (en-simple past of: begin) (17th-20th c.)

  1. v. take the first step or steps in carrying out an action; "We began working at dawn"; "Who will start?"; "Get working as soon as the sun rises!"; "The first tourists began to arrive in Cambodia"; "He began early in the day"; "Let's get down to work now" [syn: get down, get, start out, start, set about, set out, commence] [ant: end]

  2. have a beginning, in a temporal, spatial, or evaluative sense; "The DMZ begins right over the hill"; "The second movement begins after the Allegro"; "Prices for these homes start at $250,000" [syn: start] [ant: end]

  3. set in motion, cause to start; "The U.S. started a war in the Middle East"; "The Iraqis began hostilities"; "begin a new chapter in your life" [syn: lead off, start, commence] [ant: end]

  4. begin to speak or say; "Now listen, friends," he began

  5. be the first item or point, constitute the beginning or start, come first in a series; "The number 'one' begins the sequence"; "A terrible murder begins the novel"; "The convocation ceremoney officially begins the semester"

  6. have a beginning, of a temporal event; "WWII began in 1939 when Hitler marched into Poland"; "The company's Asia tour begins next month"

  7. have a beginning characterized in some specified way; "The novel begins with a murder"; "My property begins with the three maple trees"; "Her day begins with a work-out"; "The semester begins with a convocation ceremony" [syn: start]

  8. begin an event that is implied and limited by the nature or inherent function of the direct object; "begin a cigar"; "She started the soup while it was still hot"; "We started physics in 10th grade" [syn: start]

  9. achieve or accomplish in the least degree, usually used in the negative; "This economic measure doesn't even begin to deal with the problem of inflation"; "You cannot even begin to understand the problem we had to deal with during the war"

  10. begin to speak, understand, read, and write a language; "She began Russian at an early age"; "We started French in fourth grade"

  11. [also: begun, beginning, began]


See begin

For Begun farmer's movement see Begun movement. For people with Begun surname see Begun (surname).

Begun is a city and a municipality in Chittaurgarh district in the state of Rajasthan, India. It is also one of the historical towns of Chittorgarh district. One of Mewar's important rivers, Brahmani, fllows through Begun. Begun also has a fort which is surrounded by a small river. Shahid Rupaji Karpaji freedom fighter lead "Begun Bijoliya Kisan Andolan" in leadership of Shahid Vijay Singh Pathik.

Begun (surname)

Begun is a surname that may refer to:

  • Iosif Begun, Soviet refusenik
  • Semi Joseph Begun (1905 – 1995), German-American engineer and inventor
  • Vladimir Begun, Soviet zionologist

Usage examples of "begun".

At 1940 hours last night, the centrifuge had begun to emit fine tendrils of smoke.

Behind the wheel the fat photographer had begun to weep at the sight of the dark Ford growing in the rearview mirror.

He had not really begun to understand the concept of naming until he was four.

Palmer had begun to read the soothing copy he had been handed ten minutes before by an army noncom, a coup took place.

Then a slow smile came to his face and he had upended the gascan and he had run straight up the center aisle with it, the gas spraying out, all the way from the vestibule to the altar he had run, like a groom late to his own wedding and so eager that he had begun to spray hot fluid more properly meant for his soon-to-be marriage bed.

She had been laughing and chatty and gay when they started out, but coming back she had begun to be old.

Only yesterday, after she had begun cautiously to hope that no one was left in Lodi but her, she had seen a gross and drunken man, a hippie man in a T-shirt that said I GAVE UP SEX AND DRINKING AND IT WAS THE SCARIEST 20 MINUTES OF MY LIFE, wandering up the street with a bottle of whiskey in his hand.

He had an oddly piebald look, because his hair had begun to fall out in clumps.

Lloyd had vaguely begun to grasp the symbolic, talismanic power of THE KEY.

By that evening his entire right leg was throbbing like a rotten tooth, and under the skin he could see the telltale red lines of blood poisoning radiating out from the wound, which had only begun to scab over.

Even his eyesight had begun to wham in and out a little, making dots of light race across his field of vision.

A fog of nostalgia had already begun to creep over those few days between Shoyo and May, before Tom and responsibility.

She had begun to wonder if Harold might not just go crackers some night and start blazing away with his two pistols.

At a quarter grain the dreams had begun to creep back in, so they held the dosage at a half.

Harold had begun to make her acutely uncomfortable almost all of the time.