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 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

The most moving scene of the four episodes made available for review comes right at the beginning, as Pray and Blanca take a boat to Hart Island to honor one of their friends. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Pose Lets In the Light," 12 June 2019 The initiative, from beginning to end, was born in Lebanon. Bassem Mroue And Zeina Karam, SFChronicle.com, "US resident released from Iran custody says it eases tension," 11 June 2019 Ikhrata has been foreshadowing the direction and sweep of his transportation ideas from the beginning. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Future transportation plan needs unified approach. It’s not happening.," 9 June 2019 The sales team will guide buyers seamlessly through the purchase, from beginning to end. Houston Chronicle, "New land-buying opportunity available at preconstruction prices," 9 June 2019 There are certain albums that are complete, like a novel, from beginning to end. Jordan Runtagh, PEOPLE.com, "Santana Talks New Album Africa Speaks, 20th Anniversary of 'Smooth' and Return to Woodstock," 7 June 2019 These current versions, though, are just the beginning. The Economist, "An innovative approach to making electricity from the wind," 7 June 2019 For poor taxpayers, the worst part of the EITC audits is usually the beginning. Paul Kiel, ProPublica, "It’s Getting Worse: The IRS Now Audits Poor Americans at About the Same Rate as the Top 1%," 30 May 2019 Since Bran spent the duration of episode three warging from beginning to end, fans have been endlessly speculating as to what the mysterious character may have really been up to. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "'Game of Thrones' Bran Stark Finally Explained What He Was Actually Doing During the Battle of Winterfell," 10 May 2019

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 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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