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’
    • ‘August came to an end and September began, bringing the beginning of college for me.’
    • ‘It is a hazard of the job for which you prepare yourself from the beginning.’
    • ‘He received a letter at the beginning of this week cancelling it.’
    • ‘Around 88 percent of the teachers questioned said that pupils start dreading the tests at the beginning of the summer term.’
    • ‘The hospital claims people at risk were contacted by letter at the beginning of October but the patient says he did not receive anything.’
    • ‘The 15-year-old girl was arrested last night under the new powers brought in at the beginning of April.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A total of 5,000 extra marines are being brought by the beginning of August.’
    • ‘The contract will start with the initial shipment at the beginning of 2006 and last 12 years.’
    • ‘Laurent Blanc won't have his letter ready until the beginning of January.’
    • ‘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 return to floodlit evening games at the beginning of this season brought with it an increase in attendances at the home games.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Mike and Zach walked past the lake and reached the beginning of the woods.’
    • ‘New regulations that come into force at the beginning of 2004 will bring even tougher standards for drinking water quality.’
    • ‘Sales through public auctions could begin as early as the beginning of next year.’
    • ‘It's by no means saying what they're all like, especially the earlier schools at the beginning of the century.’
    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’
      • ‘Rose lifted her pen to look over the beginning of her letter, examining each word critically.’
      • ‘She looks older in person, the beginnings of fine lines forming around her eyes.’
      • ‘I have a raging thirst, and the beginnings of a headache.’
      • ‘Absolutely exhausted with the beginnings of a headache.’
      • ‘At the beginning of the second stage several new rules took effect.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘These early beginnings set the stage for more recent innovations in the field.’
      • ‘The entire cast assembles on stage in the beginning before splitting into smaller groups for the subsequent variations.’
      • ‘These letters mark the beginning of a long correspondence and collaboration between the two mathematicians.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He has been involved since the beginning of the organising stages of the exhibition.’
      • ‘The beginning stages included an attack on local villagers by a fighting force of rebels.’
      • ‘I could see the beginnings of laugh lines that would only make her more beautiful as she aged.’
      • ‘We are somewhere at the beginning of this stage right now, trying to make sense of strings of undecipherable information.’
      • ‘Like in a written letter, we should introduce ourselves at the beginning of our first e-mail message.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The prefix letter at the beginning of the registration number no longer relates to the age of the car.’
      • ‘About thirty minutes later I got the beginnings of a headache, it got gradually worse until I got stomach cramps and felt sick.’
      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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘If I look real close at this old photo I can even detect the beginnings of the family double chin.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The film follows the family through their troubled beginnings, their shame and indignation following the charges and their subsequent disintegration.’
      • ‘From its small beginnings, the organisation has become an important voice on a wide range of issues in education and child welfare.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Would he be happy to see it move so far from its beginnings in the working class inner suburbs of Sydney?’
      • ‘Because from your very earliest beginnings, you were always the real deal.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘With a warming Northern lilt and cheekily lit eyes, he talks modestly of the talents that have drawn him from his working class beginnings.’
      • ‘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 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 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.’
      • ‘From these humble beginnings the original concept of an aquarium at Scripps grew.’
      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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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've been teaching a beginning Hebrew class at the university.’
      • ‘I am interested in taking a beginning pottery class, but I'm not sure where to go.’
      • ‘Bass, learning the beginning elements, which is all I did, is not really that hard.’
      • ‘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.

      • ‘The calamity marked the beginning of the end for Napoleon himself.’
      • ‘We are at the beginning of the end of blindness with this type of technology.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘When the dome blew down, it was described as the beginning of the end.’
      • ‘And it will be mark the beginning of the end of my having a life outside this house.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘With that, the beginning of the end of festival season was upon us - now it's time to take a bit of a breather.’
      • ‘In that sigh, there may even be a sign that ultimately they realize that this is the beginning of the end.’
      • ‘This was the beginning of the end and a process of evacuation was begun.’

Pronunciation

beginning

/bəˈɡiniNG//bəˈɡɪnɪŋ/