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

Stream on Netflix Start from the beginning and binge all the previous 15 seasons on Netflix. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Is 'NCIS' on Tonight?," 29 Jan. 2019 The title was the license plate for her Porsche at the beginning of the Legally Blonde tribute in her aughts-era movie montage. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "The True Story Behind Ariana Grande's New Hit, "7 Rings"," 18 Jan. 2019 Like Lumines, Tetris Effect is essentially an album: a sequenced collection of music with a beginning and an end. Sam Byford, The Verge, "Why Tetris Effect is my game of the year," 20 Dec. 2018 Up to two hours paid time off must be allowed at the beginning or end of your shift. Tim Ryan Williams, Vox, "Can you take paid time off work to vote? It may depend where you live.," 6 Nov. 2018 Full moons occur when the sun and moon are in direct opposition: This month, their celestial placements symbolize beginnings and endings. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What Your Sign's October 2018 Horoscope Predictions Mean for You," 30 Sep. 2018 MacDonald described a crop that was infected with powdery mildew from the beginning and later was infested with spider mites and other pests. Michael Dresser, Washington Post, "Regulators investigate Maryland medical marijuana grower for alleged pesticide use," 10 July 2018 McDonald described a crop that was infected with powdery mildew from the beginning and later was infested with spider mites and other pests. Michael Dresser, baltimoresun.com, "Regulators investigating Maryland medical marijuana grower for alleged pesticide use," 9 July 2018 Officers will be watching for people driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. daily beginning Thursday and ending Sunday. Daily Pilot Staff, latimes.com, "Around Town: Free summer bus service running in Laguna Beach," 3 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
: 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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