Definition of beginning in English:

beginning

noun

  • 1[usually in singular] The point in time or space at which something starts.

    ‘he left at the beginning of February’
    ‘they had reached the beginning of the forest’
    • ‘The beginning of each winter brings the promise of days on the trails in sun and silence.’
    • ‘The new deal was brought in at the beginning of October and will extend across the whole of the UK by next month.’
    • ‘For some, this month brings the beginning of festivities celebrating the end of the school year.’
    • ‘August came to an end and September began, bringing the beginning of college for me.’
    • ‘It's by no means saying what they're all like, especially the earlier schools at the beginning of the century.’
    • ‘However, this is a normal process at the beginning of each season.’
    • ‘The hospital claims people at risk were contacted by letter at the beginning of October but the patient says he did not receive anything.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Laurent Blanc won't have his letter ready until the beginning of January.’
    • ‘The return to floodlit evening games at the beginning of this season brought with it an increase in attendances at the home games.’
    • ‘He received a letter at the beginning of this week cancelling it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Around 88 percent of the teachers questioned said that pupils start dreading the tests at the beginning of the summer term.’
    • ‘The contract will start with the initial shipment at the beginning of 2006 and last 12 years.’
    • ‘It is a hazard of the job for which you prepare yourself from the beginning.’
    • ‘The 15-year-old girl was arrested last night under the new powers brought in at the beginning of April.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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’
      • ‘At the beginning of the second stage several new rules took effect.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘If you don't want to turn as red as an apple, try writing the letter mentioned in the beginning of the story.’
      • ‘I could see the beginnings of laugh lines that would only make her more beautiful as she aged.’
      • ‘They are three words that should come at the end of a trial, not the beginning.’
      • ‘This designation shows the beginnings of organization and sharpening skills of the children.’
      • ‘I have a raging thirst, and the beginnings of a headache.’
      • ‘These early beginnings set the stage for more recent innovations in the field.’
      • ‘Absolutely exhausted with the beginnings of a headache.’
      • ‘Like in a written letter, we should introduce ourselves at the beginning of our first e-mail message.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘These letters mark the beginning of a long correspondence and collaboration between the two mathematicians.’
      • ‘About thirty minutes later I got the beginnings of a headache, it got gradually worse until I got stomach cramps and felt sick.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The prefix letter at the beginning of the registration number no longer relates to the age of the car.’
      • ‘The beginning stages included an attack on local villagers by a fighting force of rebels.’
      • ‘Rose lifted her pen to look over the beginning of her letter, examining each word critically.’
      • ‘The entire cast assembles on stage in the beginning before splitting into smaller groups for the subsequent variations.’
      opening, commencing, starting, inceptive, embryonic, fledgling
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    2. 1.2usually beginnings The background or origins of anything.
      ‘the series explores the beginnings of flight’
      ‘he had risen from humble beginnings to great wealth’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It is said that this area was barren in its early beginnings, but its founder, Osho, cultivated it to become a viable territory.’
      • ‘Would he be happy to see it move so far from its beginnings in the working class inner suburbs of Sydney?’
      • ‘If I look real close at this old photo I can even detect the beginnings of the family double chin.’
      • ‘It's a shoe line with humble beginnings in Spain that's now making a big impact this season and well into the fall.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The association had humble beginnings and initially, functioned from the steps of the stadium.’
      • ‘With a warming Northern lilt and cheekily lit eyes, he talks modestly of the talents that have drawn him from his working class 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.’
      • ‘From these humble beginnings the original concept of an aquarium at Scripps grew.’
      • ‘It is a far cry from its humble beginnings in the gardens of Egerton, near Darwen, in 1993.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The film follows the family through their troubled beginnings, their shame and indignation following the charges and their subsequent disintegration.’
      • ‘Because from your very earliest beginnings, you were always the real deal.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The market grew organically from its modest 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.’
      • ‘From its small beginnings, the organisation has become an important voice on a wide range of issues in education and child welfare.’
      • ‘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.’
      origin, source, starting point, basis, birthplace, cradle, spring, mainspring, embryo, germ
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adjective

  • 1New or inexperienced.

    ‘a beginning gardener’
    • ‘Here's some information on children's books for beginning readers that will help you find a book that's at the correct reading level for your child.’
    • ‘As a beginning player you will undoubtedly make wrong or inappropriate choices in many aspects of your playing.’
    • ‘A teacher afraid of technology or a beginning user would be lost in a class for power users.’
    • ‘It describes how a beginning learner can work with a speaker of the target language to learn to understand basic language structures.’
    1. 1.1 Introductory or elementary.
      ‘the beginning guitar class’
      • ‘The primo part may be played by an elementary student at the beginning stages of piano study.’
      • ‘I am interested in taking a beginning pottery class, but I'm not sure where to go.’
      • ‘That's certainly a key element who's just at the beginning stages of its impact.’
      • ‘Bass, learning the beginning elements, which is all I did, is not really that hard.’
      • ‘I've been teaching a beginning Hebrew class at the university.’

Pronunciation:

beginning

/bəˈɡiniNG/