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

Clad in a shiny, ruffly, chest-baring chartreuse shirt, Spicer shimmied gamely into the show’s Art-Deco-camp studio at the beginning of the episode. Judy Berman, Time, "Sean Spicer Was an Extremely Good Sport on Dancing With the Stars. That's Exactly the Problem," 17 Sep. 2019 At the beginning, there was incredible skepticism in the African-American community. Andrew Cockburn, Harper's magazine, "Power of Attorney," 16 Sep. 2019 Portions of this tribute have been published before, at the beginning of the school year in 2006 and 2013. Kevin Dayhoff, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Dayhoff: My first grade teacher Belle Fringer, the wife of a hero, the mother of a hero, and my hero," 14 Sep. 2019 Smith, Dickerson hopeful for Boston Bochy said the Giants hope to have both closer Will Smith and outfielder Alex Dickerson ready to play at the beginning of the team’s upcoming road trip. Kerry Crowley, The Mercury News, "Behind-the-scenes decisions come into focus for Giants as season winds down," 13 Sep. 2019 According to the ruling, some jurors also engaged in misconduct by discussing the case and the evidence before deliberations began and by announcing their decision internally at the beginning of deliberations. Janelle Bitker, SFChronicle.com, "Judge calls for retrial in French Laundry pregnancy discrimination case," 11 Sep. 2019 Cole was at the beginning of his bus route when the crash happened. Alex Sundby, CBS News, "School bus driver killed, 8 students injured in crash off Mississippi highway," 10 Sep. 2019 People are more motivated for aspirational behavior around the temporal landmarks, like the beginning of the year, at the beginning of the month, or the week. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Tracking your exercise more effective with competition, study says," 9 Sep. 2019 The most recent retrograde ended at the beginning of August and another will start October 31 and last until November 20. Nicola Dall'asen, Allure, "Lush Kicked Off Its Halloween Collection With a Mercury Retrograde Bath Bomb," 6 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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, "Girls’ Golf Preview: Trio of teams aim for improvement," 4 Sep. 2019 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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