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be·​gin·​ning bi-ˈgi-niŋ How to pronounce beginning (audio)
: the point at which something begins : start
It was clear from the beginning that she would win.
: the first part
We missed the beginning of the movie.
: origin, source
No one remembers what the beginning of the feud was.
: a rudimentary stage or early period
usually used in plural
the company's modest beginnings in an old warehouse
She came from humble beginnings.


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: just starting out
a beginning writer
: being first or the first part
the beginning chapters
: introductory
beginning chemistry

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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Flynn joined procedural at the beginning of Season 12 as Jake Gibson and appeared in six episodes. Emily Longeretta, Variety, 2 Apr. 2024 Consequently, it was intensely logged from the beginning of the 1900s, when Malawi was a British colony known as Nyasaland, straight through to the country’s independence in 1964, despite the Mulanje Mountains being described as a forest preserve as early as 1927. Mark Jenkins, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 Apr. 2024 At the beginning of the year, there were eight anti-DEI laws in effect throughout the country. Jolene Almendarez, The Enquirer, 2 Apr. 2024 Frossard said that plan was a no-go from the beginning. Luke Ranker, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 2 Apr. 2024 Zach LaVine and his wife, Hunter LaVine, were high school sweethearts Chicago Bulls player Zach LaVine’s basketball career is on the rise, but his wife, Hunter LaVine, has been with him since the beginning. Vandana Pawa, Peoplemag, 1 Apr. 2024 Cardona is asking governors to extend their statewide financial aid deadlines beyond the beginning of May after the department said this week that students would not be able to make corrections to their FAFSA forms until the first half of April. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 1 Apr. 2024 The push for changes to child labor laws arrives as employers — particularly in restaurants and other service-providing industries — have grappled with labor shortages since the beginning of the pandemic, and hired more teenagers whose wages are typically lower than adults’. Lauren Kaori Gurley, Washington Post, 31 Mar. 2024 The first debris lift – which involves using a using a 160-ton crane – marks the beginning of a long process toward reopening the port to tug and barge traffic, Rear Adm. Shannon Gilreath of the US Coast Guard said at the Saturday news conference. Dalia Faheid, CNN, 31 Mar. 2024
Jamie Haller started her brand during the beginning months of the pandemic in 2020. Talia Abbas, Vogue, 14 Feb. 2024 The very beginning stages can feel very intimidating! Christa Sgobba, SELF, 25 Jan. 2024 Nonetheless, the kickback swept in hard during the beginning months of 1986, and many of the complaints came from Black male artists and thinkers. Scott Hocker, theweek, 7 Jan. 2024 At the very beginning stages of talking to Greta, Tom [Ackerley, Barbie producer], Margot and I went to New York and met with Noah [Baumbach, co-writer] and Greta. Mia Galuppo, The Hollywood Reporter, 18 Dec. 2023 The beginning scene swiftly transitions to a courtroom, where Gary sways the jurors with this same power of persuasion that’s reminiscent of the call and response of the baptist church. Lynnette Nicholas, Essence, 6 Nov. 2023 The very beginning moments of In Utero are Dave clicking his sticks to cue in the rest of the band to start the song. Brian Hiatt, Rolling Stone, 2 Nov. 2023 For the beginning bass fisherman looking to level up the game and try their hand at a casting rod, Duckett’s Silverado Casting rod doubles up as my best bass fishing rod for beginners pick as well. Rob McDonald, Field & Stream, 13 Sep. 2023 Overconsumption of luxury goods reigned throughout the beginning years of the 2000s. Robyn Mowatt, Essence, 12 Aug. 2023

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Word History



Middle English biginning, from gerund of beginnen "to begin"


from present participle of begin

First Known Use


12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1576, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of beginning was in the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Beginning.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: the point at which something begins
the beginning of the year
: the first part
go back to the beginning of the song
: an early stage or period
the beginnings of American history

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