Menachem Begin


Menachem [muh-nah-khuhm] , 1913–92, Israeli political leader, born in Poland: prime minister 1977–83; Nobel peace Prize 1978. Unabridged
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begin (bɪˈɡɪn)
vb , -gins, -ginning, -gan, -gun
1.  to start or cause to start (something or to do something)
2.  to bring or come into being for the first time; arise or originate
3.  to start to say or speak
4.  (used with a negative) to have the least capacity (to do something): he couldn't begin to compete with her
5.  to begin with in the first place
[Old English beginnan; related to Old High German biginnan, Gothic duginnan]

Begin (ˈbɛɡɪn)
Menachem (məˈnɑːkɪm). 1913--92, Israeli statesman, born in Poland. In Palestine after 1942, he became a leader of the militant Zionists; prime minister of Israel (1977--83); Nobel peace prize jointly with Sadat 1978. In 1979 he concluded the Camp David treaty with Anwar Sadat of Egypt

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Word Origin & History

O.E. beginnan "to begin, attempt, undertake," a rare word beside the more usual form onginnan (class III strong verb; past tense ongann, pp. ongunnen); from bi- "be" + W.Gmc. *ginnan, of obscure meaning and found only in compounds, perhaps "to open, open up" (cf. O.H.G. in-ginnan "to cut open, open up,"
also "begin, undertake"). Cognates elsewhere in Germanic include O.H.G. beginnan, M.Du. beghinnen, Ger. beginnen, O.Fris. bijenna, Goth. duginnan.
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