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

Leslie Winer was, without a doubt, my favorite model at the beginning of 1980. Vogue, "Gaultier’s Muse Tanel Bedrossiantz Is the King of Runway Camp," 2 May 2019 The Dixie Chicks There's a photo of the iconic girl group on the wall at the beginning of the video. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Taylor Swift Planted So Many Easter Eggs in Her 'ME!' Video," 26 Apr. 2019 That's safety signee Asa Turner at the beginning of the shot. Mike Vorel, The Seattle Times, "Observations from the UW Huskies’ sixth practice of spring football," 12 Apr. 2019 The beginning of the month highlights your friendships, as Taurus overlooks the house detailing your creativity and inner friend circle. Randon Rosenbohm, Allure, "What May’s Capricorn Horoscope Predictions Mean for You," 30 Apr. 2019 As explained in a new history of the firm by former IBM executive James Cortada, the company’s beginnings trace to the financial ambitions of New York businessman Charles Flint. Jon Gertner, WSJ, "‘IBM’ Review: Building Big Blue," 30 Apr. 2019 While pork is cooking, on a large rimmed baking sheet, toss asparagus and leeks with 1 Tbsp oil and ¼ tsp each salt and pepper and roast until tender and beginning to brown at the edges, 12 to 15 minutes. Finely chop apricots. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Pork with Roasted Asparagus and Apricot Relish," 29 Apr. 2019 The inspiration is the Greek tradition of dyeing eggs in every home on Holy Thursday before Easter Sunday, as well as a more universal symbolism of eggs as creation and the beginning of a new cycle of life. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "Easter Egg Charms are the Perfect Last Minute Easter Gift," 18 Apr. 2019 Industry watchers and Springfield residents wondered if the hotel signaled the beginnings of a Vegas-style casino corridor through the state. Andrea Bennett, Condé Nast Traveler, "Will New Casinos Bring a "MassVegas" to New England?," 17 Dec. 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
: 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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