beginning

[bih-gin-ing]
noun
1.
an act or circumstance of entering upon an action or state: the beginning of hostilities.
2.
the point of time or space at which anything begins: the beginning of the Christian era; the beginning of the route.
3.
the first part: the beginning of the book; the beginning of the month.
4.
Often, beginnings. the initial stage or part of anything: the beginnings of science.
5.
origin; source; first cause: A misunderstanding about the rent was the beginning of their quarrel.
adjective
6.
just formed: a beginning company.
7.
first; opening: the beginning chapters of a book.
8.
basic or introductory: beginning Spanish.
9.
learning the fundamentals: a beginning swimmer.

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


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


1. ending. 2. end.
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beginning (bɪˈɡɪnɪŋ)
 
n
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

beginning
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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Example sentences
Examples of advocacy filmmaking stretch back to the beginnings of cinema.
And there you have it-preparation plus augmentation: the humble beginnings of a
  cuisine.
The homeowner now has the beginnings of a tax-advantaged retirement plan,
  building college funds, and/or rainy day savings.
Artificially enlarged by liquid, the lobster then secretes the beginnings of a
  new shell, which will harden over the coming weeks.
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