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To begin your search, go to the alphabetical index below and click on the first letter of the word you are searching for.

begin with

When naming the first element in something, use the preposition with.

  • Hamlet begins with the words “Who’s there?”
  • I hope Céline will begin the show with a romantic song.

The expression to begin with is equivalent to the phrase “in the first place”.

  • To begin with , I want to welcome you all to the Canada Day celebrations.