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EtymologyEdit

From Middle High German beginnen, from Old High German biginnan, from Proto-Germanic *biginnaną. Cognate with Low German beginnen, Dutch beginnen, West Frisian begjinne, and English begin.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /bəˈɡɪnən/, [bəˈɡɪnən], [bəˈɡɪnn̩]
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VerbEdit

beginnen (class 3 strong, third-person singular simple present beginnt, past tense begann, past participle begonnen, auxiliary haben)

  1. (intransitive) to begin; to commence; to be started
    Der Vortrag hat begonnen. — “The lecture has begun.”
  2. (chiefly literary, transitive or with mit) to start something; to begin something
    Er hat den Vortrag begonnen. — “He has started the lecture.”
    Er hat mit dem Vortrag begonnen. — “He has started the lecture.”

Usage notesEdit

  • Beginnen is relatively rare in colloquial German and is most often replaced with anfangen. This is particularly true of the sense “to start something”.
  • In literary German, beginnen is often preferred to anfangen, though both are perfectly acceptable.

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Middle DutchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Dutch biginnan, from Proto-Germanic *biginnaną.

VerbEdit

beginnen

  1. to begin, to start
  2. to arise, to originate

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This verb needs an inflection-table template.

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Further readingEdit

  • beghinnen (II)”, in Vroegmiddelnederlands Woordenboek, 2000
  • beginnen”, in Middelnederlandsch Woordenboek, 1929

Middle High GermanEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old High German biginnan, from Proto-Germanic *biginnaną. Cognate with English begin and Dutch beginnen.

VerbEdit

beginnen

  1. to begin

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