beginning

noun
be·gin·ning | \ bi-ˈgi-niŋ , bē- \

Definition of beginning 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the point at which something begins : start It was clear from the beginning that she would win.

2 : the first part We missed the beginning of the movie.

3 : origin, source No one remembers what the beginning of the feud was.

4 : a rudimentary stage or early period usually used in plural the company's modest beginnings in an old warehouseShe came from humble beginnings.

beginning

adjective

Definition of beginning (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : just starting out a beginning writer

2a : being first or the first part the beginning chapters

b : introductory beginning chemistry

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Examples of beginning in a Sentence

Noun

Go back to the beginning of the song. We were late, so we missed the beginning of the movie. The changes that have been made so far are just the beginning. There are many more changes still to come. He came from humble beginnings. the company's modest beginnings in an old warehouse

Adjective

the beginning part of the book is a portrait of Europe on the eve of the World War I a course in beginning geology for nonscience majors
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

That’s when everything was changing, [the beginning of] the power suit days. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Dianne Benson, A Maverick Retailer in 1980s New York, Talks Fashion, Art, and Collaborators Like David Wojnarowicz and Cindy Sherman," 13 July 2018 The lineup of models — all with five-passenger capacity — now includes the original (starting at $23,475 plus $920 freight); the Prius Prime plug-in, with a beginning price of $27,300); and the compact Prius C, starting as low as $20,630. G. Chambers Williams Iii, Houston Chronicle, "COMPACT," 13 July 2018 Augustus didn’t emerge from uncertain beginnings and civil war through kindliness and good deeds; nor did Jahangir win the throne by patience and piety. Maxwell Carter, WSJ, "‘Empress’ Review: Light of the Mughal World," 13 July 2018 In all, a superb beginning for Alsop’s CSO/Ravinia concerts yet to come. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "CSO at Ravinia review: Marin Alsop poetically launches Bernstein tribute," 13 July 2018 But delivering the 200,000th car in the US before June 30th of this year would mean that the phase-out would have started earlier, on October 1st, the beginning of the fourth quarter of 2018. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Tesla will be the first automaker to lose the federal tax credit for electric cars," 12 July 2018 Responsible for the beginning of the wave of believing a little too much that football was coming home. SI.com, "England: Who Is to Blame?," 12 July 2018 Yep, we humans have been figuring out ways to get it on without getting pregnant since, more or less, the beginning of time. Carolyn Todd, Allure, "The History and Evolution of Birth Control in America," 12 July 2018 The painting was done near the beginning of the 20th century as an elaborate way to frame the temple's 11 famous murals. Maria L. La Ganga, idahostatesman, "What’s behind ’60s-era paneling at El Korah Shrine? A ballroom’s worth of ’20s art.," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

At the very beginning stages of our company, nobody had a lot of experience doing this. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "Ari Aster’s breakout horror hit Hereditary is pants-wettingly scary," 8 June 2018 View the tour magazine online beginning June 2, contact the HCBA office at 817-573-4007 or email to request a free copy of the official tour magazine or to obtain a list of locations where a magazine may be picked up. star-telegram, "Hood County Builders Association | Showcase of New Homes," 2 June 2017 Involving your makeup artist and hair stylist from the very beginning stages of the wedding planning process is a good way to ensure cohesiveness. Meg Storm, Town & Country, "The 10 Dos and Don'ts of Bridal Beauty," 4 Oct. 2016

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First Known Use of beginning

Noun

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1576, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for beginning

Noun

Middle English biginning, from gerund of beginnen "to begin"

Adjective

from present participle of begin

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beginning

noun

English Language Learners Definition of beginning

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the point or time at which something begins : a starting point

: the first part of something

beginnings : an early stage or period

beginning

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of beginning (Entry 2 of 2)

: involving or learning about the simple or basic parts of a subject

beginning

noun
be·gin·ning | \ bi-ˈgi-niŋ \

Kids Definition of beginning

1 : the point at which something begins the beginning of the year

2 : the first part the beginning of the song

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