Beg inning


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.

1175–1225; Middle English beginnung, -ing. See begin, -ing1

1. initiation, inauguration, inception. 2. start, commencement, outset, onset, arising, emergence.

1. ending. 2. end. Unabridged


verb (used without object), began, begun, beginning.
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.
verb (used with object), began, begun, beginning.
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.

before 1000; Middle English beginnen, Old English beginnan, equivalent to be- be- + -ginnan to begin, perhaps orig. to open, akin to yawn

3. Begin, commence, initiate, start (when followed by noun or gerund) refer to setting into motion or progress something that continues for some time. Begin is the common term: to begin knitting a sweater. Commence is a more formal word, often suggesting a more prolonged or elaborate beginning: to commence proceedings in court. Initiate implies an active and often ingenious first act in a new field: to initiate a new procedure. Start means to make a first move or to set out on a course of action: to start paving a street. 4. institute, inaugurate, initiate.

1. end. Unabridged
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begin (bɪˈɡɪn)
vb , -gins, -ginning, -gan, -gun
1.  to start or cause to start (something or to do something)
2.  to bring or come into being for the first time; arise or originate
3.  to start to say or speak
4.  (used with a negative) to have the least capacity (to do something): he couldn't begin to compete with her
5.  to begin with in the first place
[Old English beginnan; related to Old High German biginnan, Gothic duginnan]

Begin (ˈbɛɡɪn)
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

beginning (bɪˈɡɪnɪŋ)
1.  a start; commencement
2.  (often plural) a first or early part or stage
3.  the place where or time when something starts
4.  an origin; source

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Word Origin & History

O.E. beginnan "to begin, attempt, undertake," a rare word beside the more usual form onginnan (class III strong verb; past tense ongann, pp. ongunnen); from bi- "be" + W.Gmc. *ginnan, of obscure meaning and found only in compounds, perhaps "to open, open up" (cf. O.H.G. in-ginnan "to cut open, open up,"
also "begin, undertake"). Cognates elsewhere in Germanic include O.H.G. beginnan, M.Du. beghinnen, Ger. beginnen, O.Fris. bijenna, Goth. duginnan.

late 12c., "time when something begins," from begin. Meaning "act of starting something" is from early 13c. The O.E. word was fruma.
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