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 In a sweet video posted to Twitter on Sunday, Sept. 5, the 68-year-old actor says goodbye to his beloved dog Becky before heading to the airport for his first flight since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Kate Hogan, PEOPLE.com, 6 Sep. 2021 Miller said far-right groups, especially the Proud Boys, have been mobilizing since the beginning of the Trump administration, spurred on by the former president's rhetoric as well as other far-right growth throughout the world. Ivan Pereira, ABC News, 5 Sep. 2021 With Friday’s 81 additional fatalities, 20,947 Ohioans in all have died with COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. cleveland, 3 Sep. 2021 Total cases include those reported since the beginning of the school year. Dallas News, 3 Sep. 2021 Migration has been central to the American story since the beginning. David Cutler, WSJ, 2 Sep. 2021 Eventually switching to a twice a week schedule and more sophisticated equipment, Baltimore Heritage has published more than 150 videos since the beginning of the pandemic, and the group doesn’t plan on stopping. Maria Eberhart, baltimoresun.com, 2 Sep. 2021 In fact, since the beginning of this round of money printing (3/20), the Fed has bought over $210 Billion of TIPs while the government issued only $60 Billion. Bob Haber, Forbes, 2 Sep. 2021 As has been the case since the beginning, book selections are made by a small committee of CPL librarians over weeks of discussion. Rick Kogan, chicagotribune.com, 2 Sep. 2021 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, 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, 4 Sep. 2019 At the very beginning stages of our company, nobody had a lot of experience doing this. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, 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, 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, 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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“Beginning.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/beginning. Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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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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