Definition of beginning in English:

beginning

noun

  • 1usually 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 hospital claims people at risk were contacted by letter at the beginning of October but the patient says he did not receive anything.’
    • ‘Around 88 percent of the teachers questioned said that pupils start dreading the tests at the beginning of the summer term.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘August came to an end and September began, bringing the beginning of college for me.’
    • ‘The 15-year-old girl was arrested last night under the new powers brought in at the beginning of April.’
    • ‘For some, this month brings the beginning of festivities celebrating the end of the school year.’
    • ‘The beginning of each winter brings the promise of days on the trails in sun and silence.’
    • ‘The contract will start with the initial shipment at the beginning of 2006 and last 12 years.’
    • ‘It's by no means saying what they're all like, especially the earlier schools at the beginning of the century.’
    • ‘A total of 5,000 extra marines are being brought by the beginning of August.’
    • ‘For working teachers, like myself, Labor Day also brings the beginning of the school year.’
    • ‘However, this is a normal process at the beginning of each season.’
    • ‘It is a hazard of the job for which you prepare yourself from the beginning.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The new deal was brought in at the beginning of October and will extend across the whole of the UK by next month.’
    • ‘New regulations that come into force at the beginning of 2004 will bring even tougher standards for drinking water quality.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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’
      • ‘These letters mark the beginning of a long correspondence and collaboration between the two mathematicians.’
      • ‘This designation shows the beginnings of organization and sharpening skills of the children.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘If you don't want to turn as red as an apple, try writing the letter mentioned in the beginning of the story.’
      • ‘Rose lifted her pen to look over the beginning of her letter, examining each word critically.’
      • ‘The prefix letter at the beginning of the registration number no longer relates to the age of the car.’
      • ‘Absolutely exhausted with the beginnings of a headache.’
      • ‘I know this because Miller comes out on stage at the beginning and tells us so.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We are somewhere at the beginning of this stage right now, trying to make sense of strings of undecipherable information.’
      • ‘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 entire cast assembles on stage in the beginning before splitting into smaller groups for the subsequent variations.’
      • ‘They are three words that should come at the end of a trial, not the beginning.’
      • ‘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 have a raging thirst, and the beginnings of a headache.’
      • ‘I could see the beginnings of laugh lines that would only make her more beautiful as she aged.’
      opening, commencing, starting, inceptive, embryonic, fledgling
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    2. 1.2usually beginnings The background or origins of anything.
      ‘he had risen from humble beginnings to great wealth’
      ‘the series explores the beginnings of flight’
      • ‘That said, the tradition goes back to the very beginnings of organised music itself.’
      • ‘The film follows the family through their troubled beginnings, their shame and indignation following the charges and their subsequent disintegration.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It is said that this area was barren in its early beginnings, but its founder, Osho, cultivated it to become a viable territory.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘If I look real close at this old photo I can even detect the beginnings of the family double chin.’
      • ‘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 association had humble beginnings and initially, functioned from the steps of the stadium.’
      • ‘From its small beginnings, the organisation has become an important voice on a wide range of issues in education and child welfare.’
      • ‘Would he be happy to see it move so far from its beginnings in the working class inner suburbs of Sydney?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Because from your very earliest beginnings, you were always the real deal.’
      • ‘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 great example of what can be achieved in this country from whatever background or education or humble beginnings.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The market grew organically from its modest beginnings.’
      • ‘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.’
      origin, source, starting point, basis, birthplace, cradle, spring, mainspring, embryo, germ
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adjective

  • 1New or inexperienced.

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

Phrases

  • the beginning of the end

    • The event to which ending or failure can be traced.

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

Pronunciation

beginning

/bəˈɡiniNG//bəˈɡɪnɪŋ/