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beginning

[bih-gin-ing] /bɪˈgɪn ɪŋ/
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
1175-1225; Middle English beginnung, -ing. See begin, -ing1
Synonyms
1. initiation, inauguration, inception. 2. start, commencement, outset, onset, arising, emergence.
Antonyms
1. ending. 2. end.
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Examples for beginnings
  • 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.
  • Now the college had the beginnings of a well-invested endowment, the hiring freeze was lifted, applications were up.
  • One possibility is that we're seeing the beginnings of an entirely new kind of landscape of infection.
  • To hear how the limits of yesterday are only the beginnings of today.
  • The microwave oven didn't come from humble beginnings.
  • From these humble beginnings, a full operating system kernel would emerge.
  • Scientists see the beginnings of racism in monkeys.
British Dictionary definitions for beginnings

beginning

/bɪˈɡɪnɪŋ/
noun
1.
a start; commencement
2.
(often pl) 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 and History for beginnings
beginning
late 12c., "time when something begins," from begin. Meaning "act of starting something" is from early 13c. The O.E. word was fruma.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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