—v.i. 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.
—v.t. 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] —n. Me•na•chem Pronunciation: (mu-nä'khum),[key] 1913–92, Israeli political leader, born in Poland: prime minister 1977–83; Nobel peace prize 1978.