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

That’s because under the quirks of the state payroll system, members of the Ohio House of Representatives and Ohio Senate are paid at the beginning of each month for that month’s coming work. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland.com, "Four found dead in Slavic Village: The Wake Up for Wednesday, July 10, 2019," 10 July 2019 The puppeteer behind those moves, which set the table for L.A.’s three-peat at the beginning of the century, was one Jerry West, then the Lakers GM, now a Clippers consultant. Jack Mccallum, SI.com, "A Clippers Summer: How L.A.’s ‘Other’ Team Stole the NBA Offseason," 9 July 2019 The Colorado State forecast is in line with the one issued at the beginning of the season by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which called for four to eight hurricanes. David Fleshler, sun-sentinel.com, "Expect six hurricanes, eight tropical storms this season, latest report says," 9 July 2019 That contract ends at the beginning of 2020, though, at which point Friends will move to HBO Max. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Friends Is Officially Leaving Netflix, and People Are Devastated," 9 July 2019 Meyer served a three-game suspension at the beginning of the 2018 season following multiple domestic abuse allegations made against Smith by his ex-wife, Courtney. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "Urban Meyer to co-host podcast about ‘elite leadership, culture and behavior’," 9 July 2019 Trying to get Amazon to ease quotas and its reliance on temporary workers, Hamilton and others at the facility plan to walk off the job for three hours at the end of the day shift and three hours at the beginning of the night shift on July 15. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "Amazon warehouse workers plan Prime Day protest over work conditions," 8 July 2019 That total is six fewer veterans than at the beginning of the previous Congress, the Military Times reports. Ryan Prior, CNN, "Take this class if you want to run for office," 8 July 2019 The state appellate court upheld the ruling at the beginning of February 2019. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "When Will Michelle Carter Be Released From Prison?," 8 July 2019

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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