We are entering a new year and a new school semester. It is a time to think about the year that is over and to make resolutions (goals) for the year that is starting. Read more about resolutions here.
January is a time for beginnings. Everything is new.
“Begin” and “start” are synonyms: two words that mean the same thing. There are many other words that are similar to “begin.” Let’s look at a list:
- enter upon
- plunge into
Synonyms are similar to teach other, but each words is a little different. They each have individual nuances (small differences), so you can’t use them interchangeably.
- “Commence” is formal. You read it in newspapers.
Example: The event commences promptly at 9:00 a.m.
- “Initiate” is also formal.
Example: The President initiated his speech with an apology.
- “Launch” implies something important. You think about rockets launching into space.
Example: Maria launched into her new career eagerly.
- “Undertake” implies something difficult.
Example: I’m going to undertake this project, even though it will take a year to finish.
- “Embark” implies something important and big.
Example: The newly married couple embarked on their journey together happily.
- “Enter upon” implies something serious.
Example: The young man is entering upon a new stage in his life.
- “Plunge into” implies starting something quickly. You think about plunging into the water.
Example: She plunged into dinner with gusto.
Think about all the things you begin. Is there a better word to describe it?
Here is a video about starting something new. Enjoy!