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- begynnynge (obsolete)
Verbal noun of begin.
- (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.
- That which is begun; a rudiment or element.
- That which begins or originates something; the first cause; origin; source.
- 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
- (act of doing that which begins anything): commencing, start, starting
- (that which is begun; rudiment or element): element, embryo, rudiment
- (that which begins or originates something): origin, source, start, commencement
- (initial portion of some extended thing): head, start
act of doing that which begins anything
that which is begun
that which begins or originates something
initial portion of some extended thing
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- 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.
beginning (not comparable)
- (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