- an act or circumstance of entering upon an action or state: the beginning of hostilities.
- the point of time or space at which anything begins: the beginning of the Christian era; the beginning of the route.
- the first part: the beginning of the book; the beginning of the month.
- Often beginnings. the initial stage or part of anything: the beginnings of science.
- origin; source; first cause: A misunderstanding about the rent was the beginning of their quarrel.
- just formed: a beginning company.
- first; opening: the beginning chapters of a book.
- basic or introductory: beginning Spanish.
- learning the fundamentals: a beginning swimmer.
Origin of beginning
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- to proceed to perform the first or earliest part of some action; commence; start: The story begins with their marriage.
- to come into existence; arise; originate: The custom began during the Civil War.
- to proceed to perform the first or earliest part of (some action): Begin the job tomorrow.
- to originate; be the originator of: civic leaders who began the reform movement.
- to succeed to the slightest extent in (followed by an infinitive): The money won't even begin to cover expenses.
Origin of begin
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Examples from the Web for beginning
I just recently rewatched all six Star Wars movies the other day… Oh wow, from the beginning?Patton Oswalt on Fighting Conservatives With Satire
January 6, 2015
The various members met for the first time when they traveled to Gambia at the beginning of December to carry out their plan.The Shadowy U.S. Veteran Who Tried to Overthrow a Country
January 6, 2015
And the authorities also worry that the December fires are just the beginning.Italy’s Terror on the Tracks
Barbie Latza Nadeau
December 28, 2014
He experienced a rapid rise, only beginning to play cricket competitively at age 11.The Story of the World’s Greatest Cricket Player
December 24, 2014
At the beginning of the video and before the call to kill police, you can hear what sounds like, “arms up, shoot back!”The Monsters Who Screamed for Dead Cops
December 23, 2014
He was beginning to be more afraid and more distrustful of his nephew than ever.
In the private car the little party was beginning its own journey Eastward.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
His spirits rose, and he felt that life was just beginning for him.
In the beginning, a star, when drawn with a nail into a brick looked as follows.
Beginning of the struggle between Indo-Europeans and Semites.
- a start; commencement
- (often plural) a first or early part or stage
- the place where or time when something starts
- an origin; source
- Menachem (məˈnɑːkɪm). 1913–92, Israeli statesman, born in Poland. In Palestine after 1942, he became a leader of the militant Zionists; prime minister of Israel (1977–83); Nobel peace prize jointly with Sadat 1978. In 1979 he concluded the Camp David treaty with Anwar Sadat of Egypt
- to start or cause to start (something or to do something)
- to bring or come into being for the first time; arise or originate
- to start to say or speak
- (used with a negative) to have the least capacity (to do something)he couldn't begin to compete with her
- to begin with in the first place
Word Origin and History for beginning
late 12c., "time when something begins," from begin. Meaning "act of starting something" is from early 13c. The Old English word was fruma.
Old English beginnan "to begin, attempt, undertake," a rare word beside the more usual form onginnan (class III strong verb; past tense ongann, past participle ongunnen); from bi- (see be-) + West Germanbic *ginnan, of obscure meaning and found only in compounds, perhaps "to open, open up" (cf. Old High German in-ginnan "to cut open, open up," also "begin, undertake"), with sense evolution from "open" to "begin." Cognates elsewhere in Germanic include Old Frisian biginna "to begin," Middle Dutch beghinnen, Old High German beginnan, German beginnen, Old Frisian bijenna "to begin," Gothic duginnan.
Idioms and Phrases with beginning
In addition to the idioms beginning with begin
- beginning of the end, the
- begin to see daylight
- begin to see the light
- begin with
- charity begins at home
- (begin to) see the light
- to start (begin) with