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Meaning of beginning by Wiktionary Dictionary

beginning


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    Etymology

    Verbal noun of begin .

    Pronunciation

    • enPR: bĭgĭn'ĭng, IPA: /bɪˈɡɪn.ɪŋ/, X-SAMPA: /bI"gIn.IN/

    Noun

    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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    beginning

    1. Present participle of begin .
      He is beginning to read a new book .


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Explanation of beginning by Wordnet Dictionary

beginning


    Adjective
    1. serving to begin

    2. the beginning canto of the poem
    Noun
    1. the act of starting something

    2. he was responsible for the beginning of negotiations
    3. the first part or section of something

    4. `It was a dark and stormy night' is a hackneyed beginning for a story
    5. the event consisting of the start of something

    6. the beginning of the war
    7. the place where something begins, where it springs into being

    8. the Italian beginning of the Renaissance
    9. the time at which something is supposed to begin



    Definition of beginning by GCIDE Dictionary

    beginning


    1. Begin v. i. [imp. & p. p. Began Begun ( ); p. pr. & vb. n. Beginning] [AS. beginnan ( akin to OS. biginnan, D. & G. beginnen, OHG. biginnan, Goth., du-ginnan, Sw. begynna, Dan. begynde ); pref. be- + an assumed ginnan. √31. See Gin to begin.]
      1. To have or commence an independent or first existence; to take rise; to commence.

      Vast chain of being! which from God began. Pope.

      2. To do the first act or the first part of an action; to enter upon or commence something new, as a new form or state of being, or course of action; to take the first step; to start. “Tears began to flow.” Dryden.

      When I begin, I will also make an end. 1 Sam. iii. 12.

    2. Beginning n.
      1. 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.

      In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. Gen. i. 1.

      2. That which begins or originates something; the first cause; origin; source.

      I am . . . the beginning and the ending. Rev. i. 8.

      3. That which is begun; a rudiment or element.

      Mighty things from small beginnings grow. Dryden.

      4. Enterprise. “To hinder our beginnings.” Shak.

      Syn. -- Inception; prelude; opening; threshold; origin; outset; foundation.