Definition of beginning in English:

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Pronunciation: /bəˈɡiniNG/


[usually in singular]
1The point in time or space at which something starts: he left at the beginning of February they had reached the beginning of the forest
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  • Mike and Zach walked past the lake and reached the beginning of the woods.
  • For working teachers, like myself, Labor Day also brings the beginning of the school year.
  • For some, this month brings the beginning of festivities celebrating the end of the school year.
dawn, birth, inception, conception, origination, genesis, emergence, rise, start, commencement, starting point, launch, onset, outset;
day one
informal kickoff
opening, introduction, start, first part, preamble, opening statement
1.1The first part or earliest stage of something: the ending of one relationship and the beginning of another she had the beginnings of a headache
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  • 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.
  • The entire cast assembles on stage in the beginning before splitting into smaller groups for the subsequent variations.
1.2 (usually beginnings) The background or origins of anything: the series explores the beginnings of flight he had risen from humble beginnings to great wealth
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  • From its small beginnings, the organisation has become an important voice on a wide range of issues in education and child welfare.
  • After years of steadily building its organization from tiny beginnings in San Francisco, the group has become a key player in critical legal challenges.
  • 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.
origin, source, roots, starting point, birthplace, cradle, spring, fountainhead;
genesis, creation
literary fount, wellspring


1New or inexperienced: a beginning gardener
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  • 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.
1.1Introductory or elementary: the beginning guitar class
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  • The primo part may be played by an elementary student at the beginning stages of piano study.
  • 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.


the beginning of the end

The event to which ending or failure can be traced.
Example sentences
  • In that sigh, there may even be a sign that ultimately they realize that this is the beginning of the end.
  • We are at the beginning of the end of blindness with this type of technology.
  • When the dome blew down, it was described as the beginning of the end.

Words that rhyme with beginning

inning, thinning, twinning, underpinning, winning

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Syllabification: be·gin·ning

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