Pronunciation: (bi-gin'), [key]
—v., be•gan, be•gun, be•gin•ning.
1. to proceed to perform the first or earliest part of some action; commence; start: The story begins with their marriage.
2. to come into existence; arise; originate: The custom began during the Civil War.
1. to proceed to perform the first or earliest part of (some action): Begin the job tomorrow.
2. to originate; be the originator of: civic leaders who began the reform movement.
3. to succeed to the slightest extent in (fol. by an infinitive): The money won't even begin to cover expenses.
Pronunciation: (bā'gin), [key]
Me•na•chem Pronunciation: (mu-nä'khum), [key] 1913–92, Israeli political leader, born in Poland: prime minister 1977–83; Nobel peace prize 1978.
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