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begin by (doing something)

To start by taking a particular action (which is named after "by"). We will begin by stretching. I began by checking out all the library books I would need for my research.
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begin by doing something

to start out by doing something first. We will begin by painting the house. She began by opening the door.
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He would begin by fixing upon me an exceedingly severe stare, keeping it up for several minutes at a time, particularly on meeting me or seeing me out of the house.
</pre> <p>"Starting with the fundamental idea that education for the very young must begin by sensitively channeling children's constant activity and interaction with the physical world,"(Brosterman, 1997, p.35) I began to develop the concept of self-assessment in kindergarteners in my research question: What happens when kindergarteners are invited to assess their own learning?
Could you begin by explaining your reasons for performing this study.
BB: Gary, allow me to begin by thanking you and your organization for this exceptional forum.
And while I'd like you to tell us more about your research, perhaps Karl could begin by explaining the term, "recreational music making" before we get deeper into your findings.
Begin by passing the knot to the right around the group.
Begin by forming groups of three participants, seated within a Raccoon Circle.
Begin by spreading several Raccoon Circles around the available space, in close proximity to each other.
I begin by passing out one bag to each of the students.
(See Notice 96-67.) Thus, distributions from these plans must begin by April 1 of the calendar year following the calendar year in which the employee attains age 70k, even though the employee (or IRA participant) has not retired.
I begin by asking a volunteer to tell from memory the Walt Disney version of "Cinderella." Then we are ready to discover other versions.
Distributions must begin by the end of the calendar year following the IRA owner's death.