21 September 2016
לְהַתְחִיל lehatchil means "to start", "to begin":
It is a hif'il verb with the root תח״ל. It is derived from the word תְּחִלָּה ~ תחילה tchila "beginning", the action noun for the verb לְהָחֵל lehachel (also a hif'il verb, with a geminate root חל״ל), which also means "to start, to begin".
להתחיל also has its own action noun, הַתְחָלָה hatchala "a beginning".
Unlike להתחיל and התחלה, which are acceptable for both spoken and written language, להחל and תחילה are mostly used in formal or literary language, for example in news:
In colloquial language, להתחיל עִם משהו lehatchil im mashehu means "to start going out with someone" (in a romantic sense):
There is also a word with a related "doubly derived" root אתח״ל: לְאַתְחֵל le'atchel "to start, to boot (a computer)":
Below is the clip for שׁוּב נַתְחִיל מֵחָדָשׁ shuv natchil me-chadash "Let's start over again", a song by צְבִיקָה פִּיק Tsvika (Svika) Pick.
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