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beginning

noun be·gin·ning \ bi-ˈgi-niŋ , bē- \
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

Definition of beginning

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 warehouse
  • She came from humble beginnings.

Examples of beginning in a Sentence

  1. Go back to the beginning of the song.

  2. We were late, so we missed the beginning of the movie.

  3. The changes that have been made so far are just the beginning. There are many more changes still to come.

  4. He came from humble beginnings.

  5. the company's modest beginnings in an old warehouse

Recent Examples of beginning from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of beginning

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


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beginning

adjective

Definition of beginning

1 :just starting out
  • a beginning writer
2 a :being first or the first part
  • the beginning chapters
b :introductory
  • beginning chemistry

Examples of beginning in a Sentence

  1. the beginning part of the book is a portrait of Europe on the eve of the World War I

  2. a course in beginning geology for nonscience majors

Recent Examples of beginning from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of beginning

from present participle of begin



BEGINNING Defined for English Language Learners

beginning

noun

Definition of beginning for English Language Learners

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

  • : the first part of something

  • beginnings : an early stage or period


beginning

adjective

Definition of beginning for English Language Learners

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


BEGINNING Defined for Kids

beginning

noun be·gin·ning \ bi-ˈgi-niŋ \

Definition of beginning for Students

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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