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

From the very beginning, the encounter felt strangely intimate and even creepy. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Inside the USC Sexual Abuse Scandal: Three Women Tell Their Stories," 26 Oct. 2018 The holistic thing didn’t start at the very beginning. Sandy Deneau Dunham, The Seattle Times, "Jim Olson’s Tofino Beach House is one for the books," 25 Oct. 2018 One hundreds pounds is just the beginning for this funny man. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "People Have a Lot to Say About John Goodman's Weight Loss," 17 Oct. 2018 Additionally, the Queen is one of the only people who knew about Eugenie’s engagement right from the very beginning—before her cousins William and Harry, before her friends, and before the rest of the family. Marcia Moody, Town & Country, "Why Queen Elizabeth Is So Close to Her Granddaughter Princess Eugenie," 7 Oct. 2018 This public transit integration, which is in partnership with both the local Santa Monica government and mobility platform Trafi, is just the beginning, too. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Curious About Lyft's Plans for the Future? Look to Santa Monica," 20 Sep. 2018 Flying a spacecraft to the sun has been an objective of NASA since the very beginning. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "The Spacecraft Engineering Required to "Touch the Sun"," 6 Aug. 2018 Blue Apron’s run as a public company has been rocky from the very beginning: Its shares lost two-thirds of their value at their initial public offering. Elizabeth Winkler, WSJ, "Blue Apron Can’t Find Missing Ingredient," 2 Aug. 2018 The post went on to say that this is just the beginning. Caroline Blackmon, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit lost 38 seconds of daylight yesterday," 2 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

beginnings : 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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