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.



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

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 beginning, the nuns exuded energy, warmth, concern and a message, as Kendrick voiced in a 1975 interview, that the center’s successes sprang not from them but from the community. Joy Wallace Dickinson,, 28 Nov. 2021 From the beginning, there have been two starkly different stories about what led to the death of Ahmaud Arbery. CBS News, 27 Nov. 2021 The Toy Chest is one of the few remaining mom-and-pop toy stores in Arkansas that's stayed under the same family ownership from the beginning. Lara Farrar, Arkansas Online, 26 Nov. 2021 And that's what Christmas Pudding has been striving for from the beginning. Ed Masley, The Arizona Republic, 26 Nov. 2021 The case, from the beginning, echoed painful themes in the Deep South. New York Times, 25 Nov. 2021 Race has permeated the public’s perception of the case from the beginning, but the issue has been notably absent from the evidence presented by prosecutors at trial. Shaddi Abusaid, ajc, 22 Nov. 2021 The decision to field candidates was divisive from the beginning; opponents include one key leader: Juan Guaidó, recognized by the United States and more than 50 other countries as Venezuela’s rightful president. Washington Post, 21 Nov. 2021 The best thing providers can do is to calm anxiety and offer reassurance from the beginning. Lisa Deaderick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective There from day one From the very beginning, common marmoset dads are there to help. Bridget E. Hamilton, National Geographic, 16 June 2020 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, 4 Sep. 2019 At the very beginning stages of our company, nobody had a lot of experience doing this. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, 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, 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, 4 Oct. 2016

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First Known Use of beginning


12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1576, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for beginning


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


from present participle of begin

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

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beginner's luck


beginning rhyme

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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



English Language Learners Definition of beginning (Entry 2 of 2)

: involving or learning about the simple or basic parts of a subject


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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