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 was the beginning of a massive and costly repair effort that ultimately led to a two-year construction delay. Michelle Baruchman, The Seattle Times, "A look back at the Alaskan Way Viaduct as its demise — and the new Highway 99 tunnel — draw near," 7 Jan. 2019 Budding cartographers will appreciate the simple map at the book’s beginning, and playful die-cuts let kiddos peek into windows and under bridges. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 17 best kids’ books about design and cities," 12 Dec. 2018 But just like in life, every ending is a new beginning. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Everything We Know About "Toy Story 4"," 13 Nov. 2018 In the beginning stages of designing a home, the fundamentals should be your timeless elements. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Joanna Gaines’ New Book 'Homebody' Reminds Us Why There’s No Place Like Home," 8 Nov. 2018 The Silos have a rich history, marking the duo's beginning, and the company's already thinking of its next chapter, Chip shared with the Waco Tribune-Herald. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "All The Details About Magnolia's New Headquarters," 15 Oct. 2018 Switches like these are the beginning of what’s possible in adding computing capabilities to living cells. Eric Smalley, Discover Magazine, "Cellular Cyborgs: How Programmable DNA Strands Might Control Healing," 25 Sep. 2018 Could this be the beginning of another new era for Miley Cyrus? Alessandra Rincón, Billboard, "Miley Cyrus' Instagram Page Has Been Wiped Clean," 13 July 2018 Those who know say the fest’s humble beginnings sprang from a two-man band with a keg of beer playing music in a tent. Ginger Brashinger, Daily Southtown, "Proud American Days to close out July with food, fun and entertainment," 11 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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