1. Israeli statesman (born in Russia) who (as prime minister of Israel) negotiated a peace treaty with Anwar Sadat (then the president of Egypt) (1913-1992)
(synonym) Menachem Begin
(hypernym) statesman, solon, national leader
1. 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"; "Let's get down to work now"
(synonym) get down, get, start out, start, set about, set out, commence
(antonym) end, terminate
(derivation) novice, beginner, tyro, tiro, initiate
2. have a beginning, in a temporal, spatial, or evaluative sense; "The DMZ begins right over the hill"; "The second movement begins after the Allegro"; "Prices for these homes start at $250,000"
(antonym) end, stop, finish, terminate, cease
(hyponym) erupt, break out
3. set in motion, cause to start; "The U.S. started a war in the Middle East"; "The Iraqis began hostilities"; "begin a new chapter in your life"
(synonym) lead off, start, commence
(antonym) end, terminate
(hyponym) jumpstart, jump-start
(derivation) founder, beginner, founding father, father
4. begin to speak or say; "Now listen, friends," he began
(hypernym) talk, speak, utter, mouth, verbalize, verbalise
5. be the first item or point, constitute the beginning or start, come first in a series; "The number 'one' begins the sequence"; "A terrible murder begins the novel"; "The convocation ceremoney officially begins the semester"
6. have a beginning, of a temporal event; "WWII began in 1939 when Hitler marched into Poland"; "The company's Asia tour begins next month"
7. have a beginning characterized in some specified way; "The novel begins with a murder"; "My property begins with the three maple trees"; "Her day begins with a work-out"; "The semester begins with a convocation ceremony"
8. begin an event that is implied and limited by the nature or inherent function of the direct object; "begin a cigar"; "She started the soup while it was still hot"; "We started physics in 10th grade"
(hypernym) act, move
9. achieve or accomplish in the least degree, usually used in the negative; "This economic measure doesn't even begin to deal with the problem of inflation"; "You cannot even begin to understand the problem we had to deal with during the war"
(hypernym) achieve, accomplish, attain, reach
10. begin to speak, understand, read, and write a language; "She began Russian at an early age"; "We started French in fourth grade"
(verb-group) get down, get, start out, start, set about, set out, commence