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  • verbstart
  • verbcome into being; become functional

synonyms for began

  • commence
  • create
  • do
  • establish
  • found
  • go ahead
  • go into
  • inaugurate
  • initiate
  • introduce
  • launch
  • lead
  • make
  • open
  • prepare
  • produce
  • set up
  • undertake
  • activate
  • actualize
  • cause
  • drive
  • effect
  • eventuate
  • generate
  • impel
  • induce
  • instigate
  • institute
  • motivate
  • mount
  • occasion
  • originate
  • trigger
  • break ground
  • break the ice
  • bring about
  • bring to pass
  • embark on
  • enter on
  • enter upon
  • get going
  • give birth to
  • give impulse
  • lay foundation for
  • make active
  • plunge into
  • set about
  • set in motion
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antonyms for began

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  • cease
  • close
  • conclude
  • destroy
  • end
  • fail
  • finish
  • halt
  • ignore
  • lose
  • neglect
  • ruin
  • stop
  • check
  • discourage
  • dissuade
  • prevent
  • repress
  • complete
  • consummate
  • die
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How to use began in a sentence

Here began indeed, in the drab surroundings of the workshop, in the silent mystery of the laboratory, the magic of the new age.
THE UNSOLVED RIDDLE OF SOCIAL JUSTICESTEPHEN LEACOCK
At this moment an extraordinary commotion began among the watches.
DAVY AND THE GOBLINCHARLES E. CARRYL
She took the fan from Madame Ratignolle and began to fan both herself and her companion.
THE AWAKENING AND SELECTED SHORT STORIESKATE CHOPIN
The women at once rose and began to shake out their draperies and relax their muscles.
THE AWAKENING AND SELECTED SHORT STORIESKATE CHOPIN
He began his military career at the age of 11, and continued in the service nearly 60 years.
THE EVERY DAY BOOK OF HISTORY AND CHRONOLOGYJOEL MUNSELL
Again the sallow fingers began to play with the book-covers, passing from one to another, but always slowly and gently.
BELLA DONNAROBERT HICHENS
The young men gathered round him and offered him a cigar, which he accepted and began to smoke.
MUSIC-STUDY IN GERMANYAMY FAY
After a bit of waiting, Mac decided that the smoke was floating from a certain direction, and we began to edge carefully that way.
RAW GOLDBERTRAND W. SINCLAIR
She began the study of drawing at the age of thirty, and her first attempt in oils was made seven years later.
WOMEN IN THE FINE ARTS, FROM THE SEVENTH CENTURY B.C. TO THE TWENTIETH CENTURY A.D.CLARA ERSKINE CLEMENT
Then, with one accord, they all rose and began to steer their way around the furniture toward the hall, Goliath following.
THE BOARDED-UP HOUSEAUGUSTA HUIELL SEAMAN
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OCTOBER 26, 1985
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