Definition of beginning in English:



  • 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’
    • ‘It's by no means saying what they're all like, especially the earlier schools at the beginning of the century.’
    • ‘The hospital claims people at risk were contacted by letter at the beginning of October but the patient says he did not receive anything.’
    • ‘New regulations that come into force at the beginning of 2004 will bring even tougher standards for drinking water quality.’
    • ‘A total of 5,000 extra marines are being brought by the beginning of August.’
    • ‘It is a hazard of the job for which you prepare yourself from the beginning.’
    • ‘Laurent Blanc won't have his letter ready until the beginning of January.’
    • ‘The beginning of each winter brings the promise of days on the trails in sun and silence.’
    • ‘The 15-year-old girl was arrested last night under the new powers brought in at the beginning of April.’
    • ‘Around 88 percent of the teachers questioned said that pupils start dreading the tests at the beginning of the summer term.’
    • ‘The return to floodlit evening games at the beginning of this season brought with it an increase in attendances at the home games.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He received a letter at the beginning of this week cancelling it.’
    • ‘The contract will start with the initial shipment at the beginning of 2006 and last 12 years.’
    • ‘August came to an end and September began, bringing the beginning of college for me.’
    • ‘For working teachers, like myself, Labor Day also brings the beginning of the school year.’
    • ‘The new deal was brought in at the beginning of October and will extend across the whole of the UK by next month.’
    • ‘However, this is a normal process at the beginning of each season.’
    • ‘Sales through public auctions could begin as early as the beginning of next year.’
    • ‘For some, this month brings the beginning of festivities celebrating the end of the school year.’
    • ‘Mike and Zach walked past the lake and reached the beginning of the woods.’
    opening, start, first part, preface, introduction, foreword, preamble, opening statement, opening remarks, prelude, prologue
    dawn, birth, inception, conception, origination, genesis, emergence, rise, start, starting point, very beginning, launch, onset, outset, unfolding, development, developing, debut
    View synonyms
    1. 1.1The first part or earliest stage of something.
      ‘the ending of one relationship and the beginning of another’
      ‘she had the beginnings of a headache’
      • ‘The entire cast assembles on stage in the beginning before splitting into smaller groups for the subsequent variations.’
      • ‘If you don't want to turn as red as an apple, try writing the letter mentioned in the beginning of the story.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘These early beginnings set the stage for more recent innovations in the field.’
      • ‘He has been involved since the beginning of the organising stages of the exhibition.’
      • ‘Like in a written letter, we should introduce ourselves at the beginning of our first e-mail message.’
      • ‘These letters mark the beginning of a long correspondence and collaboration between the two mathematicians.’
      • ‘I know this because Miller comes out on stage at the beginning and tells us so.’
      • ‘We are somewhere at the beginning of this stage right now, trying to make sense of strings of undecipherable information.’
      • ‘About thirty minutes later I got the beginnings of a headache, it got gradually worse until I got stomach cramps and felt sick.’
      • ‘Absolutely exhausted with the beginnings of a headache.’
      • ‘Rose lifted her pen to look over the beginning of her letter, examining each word critically.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I could see the beginnings of laugh lines that would only make her more beautiful as she aged.’
      • ‘At the beginning of the second stage several new rules took effect.’
      • ‘She looks older in person, the beginnings of fine lines forming around her eyes.’
      • ‘The beginning stages included an attack on local villagers by a fighting force of rebels.’
      • ‘This designation shows the beginnings of organization and sharpening skills of the children.’
      • ‘I have a raging thirst, and the beginnings of a headache.’
      opening, commencing, starting, inceptive, embryonic, fledgling
      View synonyms
    2. 1.2The background or origins of a person or organization.
      ‘he had risen from humble beginnings to great wealth’
      • ‘If I look real close at this old photo I can even detect the beginnings of the family double chin.’
      • ‘Would he be happy to see it move so far from its beginnings in the working class inner suburbs of Sydney?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘From these humble beginnings the original concept of an aquarium at Scripps grew.’
      • ‘The association had humble beginnings and initially, functioned from the steps of the stadium.’
      • ‘That said, the tradition goes back to the very beginnings of organised music itself.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The film follows the family through their troubled beginnings, their shame and indignation following the charges and their subsequent disintegration.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘With a warming Northern lilt and cheekily lit eyes, he talks modestly of the talents that have drawn him from his working class beginnings.’
      • ‘From its small beginnings, the organisation has become an important voice on a wide range of issues in education and child welfare.’
      • ‘The market grew organically from its modest beginnings.’
      • ‘It is said that this area was barren in its early beginnings, but its founder, Osho, cultivated it to become a viable territory.’
      • ‘It's a shoe line with humble beginnings in Spain that's now making a big impact this season and well into the fall.’
      • ‘It is a far cry from its humble beginnings in the gardens of Egerton, near Darwen, in 1993.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      origin, source, starting point, basis, birthplace, cradle, spring, mainspring, embryo, germ
      View synonyms