Origin of beginning
Synonyms for beginning
Antonyms for beginning
verb (used without object), be·gan, be·gun, be·gin·ning.
verb (used with object), be·gan, be·gun, be·gin·ning.
Origin of begin
Synonyms for begin
Antonyms for begin
Related Words for beginningoutset, opening, introduction, inauguration, creation, onset, birth, inception, dawn, top, heart, origin, dawning, rudiment, infancy, spring, preface, kickoff, takeoff, threshold
Examples from the Web for beginning
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of beginning
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.
In the beginning each little village had possessed a god of its own.
verb -gins, -ginning, -gan or -gun
Word Origin for begin
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.
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