To have or commence an independent or first existence; to take rise; to commence.
- To take the first step in performing an action; start.
- To come into being: when life began.
- To do or accomplish in the least degree: Those measures do not even begin to address the problem.
- To take the first step in doing; start: began work.
- To cause to come into being; originate.
- To come first in: The numeral 1 begins the sequence.