[v] take the first step or steps in carrying out an action; "We began working at dawn"; "Who will start?"; "Get working as soon as the sun rises!"; "The first tourists began to arrive in Cambodia"; "He began early in the day"
[v] leave; "The family took off for Florida"
begin, commence, depart, get, part, set about, set forth, set off, set out, set out, start, start, take off