Definition of beginning in English:

beginning

noun

  • 1The point in time or space at which something begins.

    ‘he left at the beginning of February’
    ‘they had reached the beginning of the wood’
    • ‘For working teachers, like myself, Labor Day also brings the beginning of the school year.’
    • ‘New regulations that come into force at the beginning of 2004 will bring even tougher standards for drinking water quality.’
    • ‘The new deal was brought in at the beginning of October and will extend across the whole of the UK by next month.’
    • ‘He received a letter at the beginning of this week cancelling it.’
    • ‘It's by no means saying what they're all like, especially the earlier schools at the beginning of the century.’
    • ‘The contract will start with the initial shipment at the beginning of 2006 and last 12 years.’
    • ‘The 15-year-old girl was arrested last night under the new powers brought in at the beginning of April.’
    • ‘Laurent Blanc won't have his letter ready until the beginning of January.’
    • ‘Mike and Zach walked past the lake and reached the beginning of the woods.’
    • ‘A total of 5,000 extra marines are being brought by the beginning of August.’
    • ‘For some, this month brings the beginning of festivities celebrating the end of the school year.’
    • ‘The return to floodlit evening games at the beginning of this season brought with it an increase in attendances at the home games.’
    • ‘Around 88 percent of the teachers questioned said that pupils start dreading the tests at the beginning of the summer term.’
    • ‘However, this is a normal process at the beginning of each season.’
    • ‘To win, the escorts will have to take centre stage at the beginning of the night and answer questions such as what makes them a good escort.’
    • ‘The hospital claims people at risk were contacted by letter at the beginning of October but the patient says he did not receive anything.’
    • ‘It is a hazard of the job for which you prepare yourself from the beginning.’
    • ‘August came to an end and September began, bringing the beginning of college for me.’
    • ‘The beginning of each winter brings the promise of days on the trails in sun and silence.’
    • ‘Sales through public auctions could begin as early as the beginning of next year.’
    dawn, birth, inception, conception, origination, genesis, emergence, rise, start, starting point, very beginning, launch, onset, outset, unfolding, development, developing, debut
    opening, start, first part, preface, introduction, foreword, preamble, opening statement, opening remarks, prelude, prologue
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    1. 1.1 The first part or earliest stage of something.
      ‘the ending of one relationship and the beginning of another’
      ‘she had the beginnings of a headache’
      • ‘About thirty minutes later I got the beginnings of a headache, it got gradually worse until I got stomach cramps and felt sick.’
      • ‘Like in a written letter, we should introduce ourselves at the beginning of our first e-mail message.’
      • ‘I could see the beginnings of laugh lines that would only make her more beautiful as she aged.’
      • ‘The beginning stages included an attack on local villagers by a fighting force of rebels.’
      • ‘These letters mark the beginning of a long correspondence and collaboration between the two mathematicians.’
      • ‘They are three words that should come at the end of a trial, not the beginning.’
      • ‘The prefix letter at the beginning of the registration number no longer relates to the age of the car.’
      • ‘We are somewhere at the beginning of this stage right now, trying to make sense of strings of undecipherable information.’
      • ‘He has been involved since the beginning of the organising stages of the exhibition.’
      • ‘She looks older in person, the beginnings of fine lines forming around her eyes.’
      • ‘If you don't want to turn as red as an apple, try writing the letter mentioned in the beginning of the story.’
      • ‘The entire cast assembles on stage in the beginning before splitting into smaller groups for the subsequent variations.’
      • ‘I then realised that the letter A at the beginning of a word signifies that the word should have been printed in bold or italic.’
      • ‘Rose lifted her pen to look over the beginning of her letter, examining each word critically.’
      • ‘Absolutely exhausted with the beginnings of a headache.’
      • ‘These early beginnings set the stage for more recent innovations in the field.’
      • ‘I know this because Miller comes out on stage at the beginning and tells us so.’
      • ‘This designation shows the beginnings of organization and sharpening skills of the children.’
      • ‘I have a raging thirst, and the beginnings of a headache.’
      • ‘At the beginning of the second stage several new rules took effect.’
      opening, commencing, starting, inceptive, embryonic, fledgling
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    2. 1.2beginnings The background or origins of a person or organization.
      ‘he had risen from humble beginnings to great wealth’
      • ‘The film follows the family through their troubled beginnings, their shame and indignation following the charges and their subsequent disintegration.’
      • ‘The association had humble beginnings and initially, functioned from the steps of the stadium.’
      • ‘If I look real close at this old photo I can even detect the beginnings of the family double chin.’
      • ‘After years of steadily building its organization from tiny beginnings in San Francisco, the group has become a key player in critical legal challenges.’
      • ‘Because from your very earliest beginnings, you were always the real deal.’
      • ‘They developed subsequently, from less communally organized beginnings, chiefly to achieve a better integration of arable and pasture farming as more land was taken into cultivation.’
      • ‘It is a great example of what can be achieved in this country from whatever background or education or humble beginnings.’
      • ‘That said, the tradition goes back to the very beginnings of organised music itself.’
      • ‘It is a far cry from its humble beginnings in the gardens of Egerton, near Darwen, in 1993.’
      • ‘From its small beginnings, the organisation has become an important voice on a wide range of issues in education and child welfare.’
      • ‘After all, from such humble beginnings as a pilot show for a tiny new internet radio station, recorded in my bedroom of a Sunday, do broadcasting careers begin.’
      • ‘It's a shoe line with humble beginnings in Spain that's now making a big impact this season and well into the fall.’
      • ‘But even though the college has left its grisly past behind, it's hard to dissociate it from the macabre tales of its early beginnings.’
      • ‘Would he be happy to see it move so far from its beginnings in the working class inner suburbs of Sydney?’
      • ‘With a warming Northern lilt and cheekily lit eyes, he talks modestly of the talents that have drawn him from his working class beginnings.’
      • ‘Over three generations, we see the Boten clan transform itself from humble beginnings to a family divided by deceit and consumed with life in the big city and the promise of fast money.’
      • ‘It is said that this area was barren in its early beginnings, but its founder, Osho, cultivated it to become a viable territory.’
      • ‘The market grew organically from its modest beginnings.’
      • ‘From these humble beginnings the original concept of an aquarium at Scripps grew.’
      • ‘The England captain, Henry Brett, is Britain's best player and one of the few to play to a high level, despite humble financial beginnings - his parents sold a sofa to buy him his first polo pony.’
      origin, source, starting point, basis, birthplace, cradle, spring, mainspring, embryo, germ
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Phrases

  • the beginning of the end

    • The first sign of the failure or end of something.

      • ‘And it will be mark the beginning of the end of my having a life outside this house.’
      • ‘We are at the beginning of the end of blindness with this type of technology.’
      • ‘In that sigh, there may even be a sign that ultimately they realize that this is the beginning of the end.’
      • ‘When the dome blew down, it was described as the beginning of the end.’
      • ‘With that, the beginning of the end of festival season was upon us - now it's time to take a bit of a breather.’
      • ‘The calamity marked the beginning of the end for Napoleon himself.’
      • ‘Unless I am mistaken, we are witnessing the beginning of the end of one of sport's most remarkable and enduring reigns.’
      • ‘The events of the last fortnight have led many people to conclude that this is the beginning of the end for this government.’
      • ‘This was the beginning of the end and a process of evacuation was begun.’
      • ‘There is still a long way to go and anything could happen, but I think we might be starting to see the beginning of the end.’

Pronunciation

beginning

/bɪˈɡɪnɪŋ/