-v. 3. reduce to poverty, impoverish, pauperize, ruin, break, bankrupt, destroy financially. beggarly, adj. 1. mean, base, trashy, shabby, shoddy, dirty, filthy; miserable, wretched, vile, foul, sordid, scurvy, nasty; disgusting, contemptible,despicable, detestable.
2. inadequate, poor, sorry, sad, pitiful, pathetic; paltry, piddling, meager, mere, Inf. measly; small, puny, little, slight. beggary, n. 1. poverty, destitution, penury, indigence, impecuniousness, impecuniosity, pennilessness, neediness; insolvency, bankruptcy, liquidation; distress, straits, indebtedness; pauperism, pauperage, pauperdom, mendicancy, mendicity; lack, need, want, privation; paucity, dearth, shortage, deficiency, insufficiency, scarcity, default, absence.
2. beggars, rabble, riffraff. begin, v. 1. commence, start, go ahead, Inf. fire away, Inf. blast away; embark, set sail, set to or about, turn to, Inf. take off, Inf. jump off, Inf. kick off, Inf. blast off; take steps, get going, get a move on, get on the stick, start off, start out, move out, get the show on the road; start in, plunge in, Inf. pitch in, Inf. steam in, Inf. dive in, Inf. get one's feet wet, Inf get down to it, Inf get to it.
2. arise, rise, dawn, come into existence, come to be, take birth, see the light of day; issue forth, come forth, burst forth, break out; spring up, spring forth, crop up.
3. initiate, actuate, instigate, set in motion, start the ball rolling, take the first step, take the initiative, take the plunge, make a start, break the ice; open, pioneer, lead off; institute, inaugurate, found, establish, set up, organize, originate, break ground, lay the foundation, lay the first stone; introduce, launch, broach, usher in; create, beget, engender, father, conceive, give birth to, give rise to, sow the seeds of. beginner, n. 1. novice, novitiate, neophyte, tyro, amateur, rookie, greenhorn, tenderfoot, newcomer, new boy; student, pupil, freshman, learner, initiate, fledgling, apprentice, trainee; recruit, raw recruit, abecedarian, catechumen.
2. initiator, actuator, instigator, agent, originator, starter, mover, prime mover; founder, inaugurator, inventor, deviser, organizer; author, architect, conceiver, shaper, designer; creator, maker, producer, begetter, engenderer, parent, mother, father, sire. beginning, n. 1. initiation, actuation, instigation, creation, inception; institution, inauguration, introduction, constitution, establishment, origination, organization, foundation.
2. start, commencement, onset, outset, outbreak, dawn, conception, birth, genesis, exordium; Inf. kick-off, Inf. jump-off, Inf. send-off, Inf. take-off. Inf. blast-off; rise, arising, beginnings, emergence, incipience, nascence, infancy.
3. origin, source, first cause, starting point, square one; fountain, fountainhead, spring, mainspring; top, head.
-adj. 4. initial, early, incipient, introductory, inaugural; prime, primary, primal, primeval; elementary, fundamental, basic, rudimentary. begird, v. 1. bind, belt, truss, gird; wrap, swathe, swaddle, bandage; buckle, tie, pinion, fasten, couple.
2. encompass, surround, circumvent, circumscribe, environ, encircle, ring; confine, hem in, hedge, limit, bound, enclose; contain, corral, fence, picket, pen, box in, shut in.