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 The Catholic hierarchy viewed the movement, known as Catholic charismatic renewal, warily at the beginning. New York Times, "Inside the People of Praise, the Tight-Knit Faith Community of Amy Coney Barrett," 8 Oct. 2020 At least one person close to Katie Holmes and her new boyfriend, Emilio Vitolo, Jr., didn't approve of their relationship—at least at the beginning. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Katie Holmes' Relationship With Emilio Vittolo Reportedly Upset His Mom," 4 Oct. 2020 Two 90-yard plays by the Griffins defined the game – one at the beginning and one at the end. Jason Russell, NOLA.com, "Rough fourth quarter dooms Covington in opener vs. Dutchtown," 3 Oct. 2020 Most notable for their creamy white finish, the thin eggshell surface was available at the beginning and is still offered today. Brenda Yenke, cleveland, "Setting the table with flair: Yenke Peddler antiques," 1 Oct. 2020 To begin at the beginning, this was not the first letter Naomi ever wrote. Washington Post, "My 5-year-old asked Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 'Have you ever made a mistake?’ Here’s her answer.," 26 Sep. 2020 Yes, very much, especially at the beginning, in the scenes where Enola is at home under the very strong influence of her mother and her mother’s world. Annie Goldsmith, Town & Country, "Enola Holmes's Costume Designer Reimagines a Classic Mystery," 26 Sep. 2020 Game 4 of the East title series — with Miami still leading 2-1 — is Wednesday, and the Heat are insisting that there will be more urgency at the beginning. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "Celtics vs. Heat Game 4 live stream (9/23): How to watch online, TV, time," 23 Sep. 2020 At the beginning, middle and end of each walk, study participants took a selfie. Popular Science, "Regular doses of awe can do wonders for emotional health," 22 Sep. 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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The first known use of beginning was in the 12th century

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Last Updated

14 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Beginning.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/beginning. Accessed 25 Oct. 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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