beginning

noun
be·​gin·​ning | \ bi-ˈgi-niŋ How to pronounce beginning (audio) , 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 pluralthe 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 organization has been providing child care since the beginning of the pandemic, according to Cassidy Campana, vice president of communications for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley. Lily Altavena, The Arizona Republic, "Schools have to open on Aug. 17 for students with 'no place to go.' What does that mean?," 31 July 2020 There since the beginning — and still at the helm — is executive producer Michael Gelman, who audiences came to know when Philbin often addressed him, standing off camera, during the show's signature Host Chat. Michael Gelman, EW.com, "Michael Gelman pays tribute to Regis Philbin: 'The son I never had and a bonus father all in one'," 30 July 2020 Since the beginning of the pandemic, the World Health Organization has considered the primary mode of COVID-19 transmission to be respiratory droplets. Zeynep Tufekci, The Atlantic, "We Need to Talk About Ventilation," 30 July 2020 Panda has invested $40 million since the beginning of the pandemic in improving health and safety measures and its delivery platform. Nina Trentmann, WSJ, "Fast-Food Chains See Shifts Made During Pandemic Paying Off," 29 July 2020 And Ferraro notes that cases among newborns might appear lower for the sheer reason that many have been shielded from the world—family members included—since the beginning of the pandemic. Shannon Hall, Scientific American, "Babies’ Mysterious Resilience to Coronavirus Intrigues Scientists," 14 July 2020 Florida on Sunday reported the largest single-day increase in positive coronavirus cases in any state since the beginning of the pandemic. Elinor Aspegren, USA TODAY, "Coronavirus updates: New York City reports zero deaths for first time since March; Oklahoma records first teen death; Mexico deaths top 35K," 14 July 2020 Skeptics have largely dismissed fears over man’s impact on global warming, saying climate change has been going on since the beginning of time. Fox News, "Earth's average temperature will rise 'at least' 1 degree Celsius over next 5 years, WMO says," 14 July 2020 Florida shattered the national record Sunday for the largest single-day increase in positive coronavirus cases in any state since the beginning of the pandemic, adding more than 15,000 cases as its daily average death toll continued to also rise. Terry Spencer, BostonGlobe.com, "Florida reports largest, single-day increase in COVID cases," 12 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective There from day one From the very beginning, common marmoset dads are there to help. Bridget E. Hamilton, National Geographic, "Amazing animal dads," 16 June 2020 This year, the same core four returns, however, Glendale coach Anthony Mohr has seven beginning golfers added to the team that will help build the future of the program. Glendale News-Press, "Girls’ Golf Preview: Trio of teams aim for improvement," 4 Sep. 2019 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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Time Traveler for beginning

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The first known use of beginning was in the 12th century

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3 Aug 2020

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“Beginning.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/beginning. Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for beginning

beginning

noun
How to pronounce beginning (audio)

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
: 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 How to pronounce beginning (audio) \

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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