beginning

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Verbal noun of begin.

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beginning (countable and uncountable, plural beginnings)

  1. (uncountable) The act of doing that which begins anything; commencement of an action, state, or space of time; entrance into being or upon a course; the first act, effort, or state of a succession of acts or states.
  2. That which is begun; a rudiment or element.
  3. That which begins or originates something; the first cause; origin; source.
  4. The initial portion of some extended thing.
    The author describes the protagonist's youth in the beginning of the story
    The house you want is down at the beginning of the street

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Verb[edit]

beginning

  1. Present participle of begin.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 7, The Mirror and the Lamp:
      The turmoil went on—no rest, no peace. […] It was nearly eleven o'clock now, and he strolled out again. In the little fair created by the costers' barrows the evening only seemed beginning; and the naphtha flares made one's eyes ache, the men's voices grated harshly, and the girls' faces saddened one.
    He is beginning to read a new book.


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beginning (not comparable)

  1. (informal) Of or relating to the first portion of some extended thing.
    in the beginning paragraph of the chapter
    in the beginning section of the course

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